Individualized Therapy

Individualized Therapy

Updated on September 14, 2022
Written by Alejandro Sandoval

Alejandro Sandoval, LMFT, offers individualized psychotherapy for adults and older adolescents, focusing on various issues. You might wonder what individualized therapy looks like. What will you talk about? Is it confidential? Continue reading to understand more about individualized therapy and how it may help you.

What are Different Types of Individual Therapy?

When discussing types of individualized therapy, it might surprise you to learn that there are quite a few approaches therapists can take. Each therapist typically focuses on specific areas or types, depending on their education and experiences. That being said, you might hear three common terms or types listed below.

Psychodynamic Therapy

In psychodynamic therapy, you will collaborate with your therapist to investigate the link that exists between your unconscious mind and the choices you make in your daily life. Examining your feelings, relationships, and mental habits is a necessary step in this process.

Attachment Style

Attachment styles explain emotional bonding between infants and caregivers and have implications for understanding romantic relationships.

There are four attachment styles:

  • Anxious (referred to as preoccupied in adults),
  • Avoidant (referred to as dismissive in adults),
  • Disorganized (referred to as fearful-avoidant in adults), and
  • Secure

Systemic Systems Therapy

Systemic therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on how an individual’s personal relationships, behavior patterns, and life choices interconnect with the issues they face.

This concept looks at how parts of a system affect one another to sustain the stability and equilibrium of the whole system.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) combines behavioral treatment, which focuses on action patterns, while cognitive therapy focuses on thinking patterns.

The treatment focuses on how the patient’s ideas and beliefs affect the patient’s behaviors and moods. The issues you’re facing right now and potential solutions are frequently discussed. The aim over the long run is to form patterns of thought and behavior that will assist you in enhancing the overall quality of your life.

What is the Aim of Individualized Therapy?

Individual therapy is a collaborative approach involving the client and the therapist working together to address the client’s concerns. Motivating change and enhancing one’s quality of life are typical objectives in therapeutic work. Individuals having difficulty confronting their problems on their own may seek the help of a therapist. Individual therapy is also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy, psychosocial treatment, and counseling.

People who take part in therapy gain the skills necessary to manage challenging situations, make healthy decisions, and accomplish their goals. In addition, many people discover that the therapeutic process of becoming more self-aware is enjoyable to them. Some individuals even engage in continuous treatment for the sake of personal development.

What is Individual Therapy Like?

Most of the time, the first therapy session is used to find out more about the person. The person in treatment talks with the therapist about their past physical, mental, and emotional health. They also talk about what worries brought the person to therapy. A therapist might need a few sessions to get a good idea of what’s going on. Then they can discuss concerns and decide on the best next step.

The person going to therapy can also use the first session to figure out if the therapist’s style works well for them. Finding a therapist with whom you feel comfortable is essential for treatment to work. It’s important to talk about the type of therapy used, the treatment goals, the length of each session, and how many sessions will be needed.

During therapy, people who are getting help can count on privacy. But a therapist may break confidentiality if someone is in immediate danger of hurting themselves or others. This is also something therapists can do if federal or state law says they have to. Many therapists discuss confidentiality limits during the first therapy session and give written rules.

Who is Individual Therapy For?

Anyone can take part in individual therapy. If you struggle with an issue you can’t process on your own; a therapist might be the perfect person to help you. They’re trained to listen to your problems and help you work through the web of confusion and emotions to create a plan moving forward.

At SandovalTherapy, various techniques are used to help you overcome your concerns. With a personalized approach, you will receive services catered to your needs, working towards understanding and growth. If you are curious if therapy is right for you, contact us. Both in-person and telehealth services are offered.