An Introduction to Individual Therapy: Part Two
Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. offers counseling and therapy in Reston, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Bethesda, Maryland.
There are numerous benefits of talk therapy that can have significant impacts on an individual’s life, in addition to providing a safe environment to discuss big life changes, relationship challenges, family issues and overcoming abuse and addiction. Regardless of your reason for seeking out individual therapy, taking that first step can often be scary without knowing what exactly to expect.
What to Expect During Individual Therapy
During the initial visit, many therapists will focus on gathering information, such as learning about the individual’s past physical, mental and emotional health. They will also discuss the specific concerns that brought them to counseling to begin with. It can sometimes take a few visits for the therapists to fully understand the situation and be able to determine the best path toward healing.
Additionally, each individual can use the first visit as a means to determine if the style a specific therapist uses is going to be a good fit for their needs. Finding and working with a therapist that you are comfortable with and feel that you can truly be honest with is the key to successful therapy.
Throughout therapy, individuals will be encouraged to do the majority of the talking. During the first few visits, individuals may find it difficult to talk about past experiences or their current concerns that brought them into counseling. Although across multiple visits, emotions may be brought to the surface, including anger or sadness. With the right therapist, individuals will become more comfortable and confident as sessions progress.
How Therapy Works
There are various types of therapy and some work better for certain situations than others. Because each individual’s situation is truly unique, it is not uncommon for therapist to combine ideas from the various types of therapy to adequately handle an individual’s needs.
One of the most popular types of therapy, and one of the most effective, is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This particular type of therapy teaches individuals to look at the connection between their thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Once able to recognize this process, individuals are able to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, therefore producing positive actions.
Other effective therapy methods include:
- Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy: Teaches awareness and acceptance in the present moment.
- Body-Centered Psychotherapy: Teaches individuals about mind-body connections.
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT): Teaches strong relationship skills.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Teaches individuals to be more aware of personal thoughts and emotions.
- Psychodynamic Therapy: Teaches individuals to understand unconscious experiences and how they can have a positive or negative effect on behavior.
Effectiveness of Talk Therapy
Even if talk therapy doesn’t cure a specific condition, individuals can still learn and develop healthy coping skills for going forward. Determination to be active and committed to therapy is key to healing, meeting therapeutic goals and for fostering a positive life. Continual research has found that finding the right therapist is essential to a successful treatment experience.
Dr. Carlos Durana at A Caring Approach, knows how important the right type of treatment is for successful changes. If you are thinking about individual therapy, contact A Caring Approach today and see how therapy can have a positive impact on your life.