Those who suffer from substance use disorders and other mental health illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, or personality disorders can significantly benefit from individual therapy.
Individual therapy is characterized by a meeting between a certified therapist and the client in a safe, private environment. Unlike other forms of therapy offered in addiction treatment, in this therapy, no one else is involved but the individual. When given uninterrupted focus and attention, the person can begin to open up and share experiences and emotions, allowing the therapist to implement the appropriate therapies.
Each person who participates in individual therapy will have different needs, unique experiences, and specific issues that require therapeutic attention. It is the goal of the therapist to identify these and issue appropriate, corresponding therapies.
Among the most commonly used therapies use in individual therapy include the following:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that can be applied to anyone who is experiencing a substance use problem or other mental health disorders. Many therapists use it for its problem-solving capabilities.
Because every individual is different and has their own unique needs, he or she might benefit from participation in specialized therapies. For example, if the patient has experienced traumatic events, the therapist might deem it necessary to prescribe trauma treatment, such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
Or, in other cases, a therapist might engage the individual in mindfulness practices to help develop a stronger sense of self-awareness and confidence.
The greatest benefit of participating in individual therapy is experiencing one-on-one time with a trained professional therapist. People who engage in individual therapy work with someone who is focused on their needs so it is a very personalized experience.
Also, when the experience is so uniquely personal, the individual benefits most because all the care that is provided is based solely on what he or she specifically requires.
Individual therapy also provides clients with the time and space to open up and share things that have affected them deeply. When in a group setting, for instance, some individuals only reveal information about themselves that they are comfortable with due to fear of judgment from others. That fear is often removed, however, through participation in individual therapy.
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