Individual counseling is designed to offer a person the opportunity for growth and support when struggling with situations in their life. Individual counseling in Orlando can help a person deal with many difficult life situations like substance abuse, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, family issues, grief, anger, trauma, etc. Individual counseling offers a confidential, safe space for a patient to work one-on-one with a counselor to cope with and overcome some of life’s most pressing problems.
Individual counseling presents patients with the opportunity to explore their behaviors, feelings, and beliefs without feeling judged. This counseling also gives individuals a platform for understanding themselves and others better, working through influential or challenging memories, recognizing aspects of their life that they desire to change, creating personal goals, and moving toward the changes they desire.
Near future and immediate concerns is the scope of focus for individual counseling sessions. These concerns often include grief counseling after losing a friend or loved one, dealing with job problems before they are too out of control to manage, and career planning and counseling for the future. In addition, individual counseling is a one-on-one environment for a patient and counselor to form a relationship, bond, or partnership that fosters an environment of trust and personal growth.
Working through mental health concerns to help an individual grow, heal, and live a more psychologically healthy and productive life is the primary goal of individual therapy sessions. The best therapy is based on a client's needs, so the patient and therapist will create a treatment plan together.
Psychotherapy for individuals is commonly set up in 45-to-50-minute sessions. The frequency and duration of treatment will depend upon a patient’s treatment needs, goals, and progress made toward them. Some concerns can be easily mitigated with short-term therapy, while more complex problems and issues may require a more long-term commitment to show improvement and growth.
Research supports the idea that individual therapy can reduce the risk of relapses of anxiety and depression and that the positive results of proper therapy can extend well past the treatment timeline. Many patients report life and coping improvements long after their therapy services end. Research also shows that therapy services are much more effective than medical and pharmaceutical treatments alone, which often have long-term and troubling side effects. Therapy treatments are often subject to clinical observations and research studies that help analyze their effectiveness level for patients. This evidence-based approach helps to ensure that therapy treatments are effective and successful for the patients who receive them.
After an initial call to a counseling office, you will schedule your first visit according to the office’s availability and your scheduling needs. If you prefer a particular counselor, this may mean a little bit of a longer wait for your first visit, but visits are generally set for a few days to a few weeks from initial contact. In most cases, the first visit requires a bit more time than future visits so that you can fill out the required paperwork, have your initial counseling session, and set up a schedule for follow-up appointments with the provider.
It is imperative to arrive at your visit on time so that you can fill out the required paperwork. If you come in more than 15 minutes after your scheduled visit, you may be asked to reschedule so that your visit does not cause the office to run behind with other clients.
Contact us today for more information on individual counseling in Orlando. We are here to help you get through the tough times that happen in your life.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.