People seek individual therapy for a wide variety of reasons; to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, to deal with depression or anxiety, or when they simply desire personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals.
Therapy today is a collaborative relationship between a client and the therapist. During the initial phase of therapy, goals are established and steps are identified to achieve them. A therapist is someone who offers support, listens attentively, models a healthy and positive relationship, and provides meaningful feedback. Therapists develop a deep awareness of life trends and challenges while listening to and learning from their clients. Thus talking to a therapist can be like talking to a small community in one, helping to give a perspective to an individual’s worries.
Therapy is not about giving advice but providing an environment in which the individual becomes informed and feels comfortable in making the best decisions for him or herself. Having an experienced therapist with a wide perspective on the problem often helps immensely to draw conclusions and to make new decisions.