Now, more than ever, we are coming to understand the strain isolation and stress can cause and the impact spending so much time isolated from others can have on our relationships. No one is alone in this. The answer is collaboration, and counseling can help.
The truth is, therapy isn’t only there for you when you’re struggling. It’s there to support you when you’re doing well too! It assists you in moving through difficult experiences and helps celebrate yourself as you grow.
After all, we all need support, and sometimes a little more than we thought. In this article, we will discuss what psychotherapy is, how it works for individuals, and how you can get started.
What Is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy or “talk therapy” discusses any problems you might need to address, emotions or thoughts you need help processing, and behaviors that may be concerning to you that you or your partner, child, or a family member may be presenting.
Psychotherapy allows you to openly, honestly, and confidently discuss your most challenging problems in a group setting, with other people, or one-on-one, in individual sessions.
Psychotherapy can be available in the short-term, perhaps a limited amount of sessions, or as a long-term solution for more complex problems. Through your insurance, or independently by paying out of pocket, you can seek a therapist to begin working on moving forward and making positive changes in your life.
When you’re struggling with your daily tasks, have an increase of stress or anxiety, or just need additional support, psychotherapy is often your best short- or long-term solution. Working on yourself is something to be proud of, and there’s no shame in asking for help.
Why Individual Psychotherapy?
While there are opportunities to gain support in your relationship through couples counseling or in a group setting, an individual therapy session can be very beneficial in addressing personal issues in a safe, secure and supportive environment.
There is something to be said about having someone who’s only there for you. You’re the entire focus at each session. It’s your time to discuss and work through whatever is on your mind and what you decide to address. Using the different types of therapy specific to your needs, you’ll gain insight, make changes and learn skills and utilize tools for continued success.
Some people are hesitant to talk candidly to a stranger, of course. However, when you need support and know it’s beyond your current resources, you need someone objective — an individual who will respect your boundaries, listen to your concerns, and support you in finding solutions that are attainable and sustainable.
In this space, you’re in control. You make the decisions, choose the direction of your therapy and decide what you want to work on. It’s self-care in its simplest form.
You don’t need to know what you want to address in therapy to seek out a therapist. Realizing that you’re struggling or in need of additional support is the only reason you need to move forward. You don’t even need to be face to face. Teletherapy options are available to get the support you need on your schedule.
How Do I Get Started With Psychotherapy?
At the root of therapy, it’s about you. Finding a therapist you’ll be comfortable with and who will help you move forward is your starting point.
Therapy is collaborative. It’s a partnership. You work with your therapist to help them understand how to best support you. Choosing someone qualified, who understands what you may be struggling with and how to help, will certainly start you on the road to successful change.
Just like that, you can schedule your first appointment!
Different types of Psychotherapy
While individual therapy is highly beneficial and helps create independent change, there are other ways Psychotherapy can be supportive in partnerships, parent/child relationships, and for adolescents.
Therapy can be helpful in the following contexts:
- Adult Therapy: Individual, marriage, couples, family
- Child Therapy: Individual & group therapy, family therapy, social skills, play therapy
- Adolescent Therapy: Individual therapy & group therapy, family therapy, substance abuse
We’re all different and need different types of support. Sometimes getting to the source of the issue can be difficult. It is utilizing various kinds of therapy, and it’s possible to gain understanding and clarity.
For children, play therapy is helpful when you can’t express words and emotions. Group therapy across demographics provides a space to relate to others and support one another. This is also true for divorce, eating disorders, and even loneliness.
Individual Therapy Is Just A Click Away
At Lisa Rogers Counseling, I offer a wide range of therapy and mental health services for several areas. You are not alone in your struggle and neither are your loved ones. Reach out today to make an appointment for telemental health or in-person counseling.
Since 1993, I have been providing a combination of all my years of training tailoring specific treatments based on the individual needs and challenges of my patients, facilitating healing. I make every effort to accommodate the busy schedules of my patients by offering evenings, weekend appointments and Telemental Health (Online Counseling-Virtual/Video Conference and Phone Sessions) offered in the following states I am licensed in: New York, California, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, and Vermont.