Individual Counseling Q & A
by Dr, Brady, Psy.D
What is individual counseling?
For most patients, individual counseling involves psychotherapy or talk therapy. It’s a therapeutic process for people suffering from:
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood disorders
- Conflict management
It can be effective for anything going on that hinders your mental well-being. You don’t have to know going into the counseling what is bothering you, only that you might benefit from talking through it.
What can you expect from individual counseling?
This type of counseling is client-driven, meaning you talk through your specific issues and develop attainable goals based on your personal objectives. Each goal should help you move forward towards a more productive and stable life. Goals vary by person but some common ones include:
- Avoid negative thoughts
- Improve self-esteem
- Eliminate bad behaviors
- Learn to manage emotions
- Find healthy coping mechanisms
Therapy is a collaborative effort between the counselor and patient, so you decide as a team what things to try and how to achieve those goals.
Who should consider individual counseling?
There are a number signs that can indicate therapy is the right choice for you including:
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling helpless
- Pervasive sadness
- Avoidance of social activities
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feeling on edge most days
- Worry surrounding job and career problems
- Making poor choices
- Problems coping with stress
- Excessive worry or paranoia
- Rage or anger that is difficult to control
How can individual counseling help?
Regardless of why you seek out counseling, it helps you find focus in many areas of your life. Individual counseling clarifies behaviors and emotions that contribute to problems. Working with Dr. Brady helps you pinpoint the areas that you need to work on and how to improve them. It will show you why you feel the way you do, too, like how a death of parent affected you or how the loss of a job changed you — the things that you may not even realize impacted your life.
With effective individual counseling, you can hope to regain a sense of control over your life and emotional health while learning to enjoy the simple things once again. You’ll develop better coping mechanisms and enhance your problem-solving skills, so you can avoid making the same mistakes in the future, as well.