Individual counseling is a treatment intervention based on one-on-one conversations with a trained therapist. It occurs exclusively between a client and a mental health clinician to determine whether an addiction is present, the extent of it, and whether there are co-occurring conditions, as well as to assist in the development of a treatment plan.
Signs that individual counseling may be right for you include:
- Experiencing an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness or grief.
- Having little to no change in mood despite help from family and friends.
- Having difficulty concentrating on work assignments or carrying out daily activities.
- Experiencing excessive worry or distraction.
- Drinking too much or engaging in risky behaviors.
- Exhibiting aggressive behavior or harm to yourself or others.
A person may face various challenges that warrant individual counseling, such as:
- Stage of life issues: going to college; divorce; a death in the family; retirement.
- Mental health issues: anxiety; anger-management issues; depression; PTSD.
- Behavioral health issues: eating disorders; internet addiction; gambling.
- Substance abuse and addiction issues: struggling to maintain sobriety from drugs or alcohol.
Benefits of individual counseling include:
- Privacy and confidentiality.
- Focused work on your specific issues.
- A non-judgmental, objective viewpoint about your situation or problem.
- More one-on-one time with the counselor or therapist.
- Sessions focused on you and your problems, allowing you to dig deeper and progress faster.
- Flexibility and convenience in scheduling sessions for outpatient treatment.
- Practice in building trust and having a healthy relationship.