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Getting started with individual psychotherapy
Individual psychotherapy is a process where you work one-on-one with a registered psychotherapist in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. The purpose of these sessions is to help you explore and understand your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours in order to make purposeful changes in your life. In individual therapy sessions, you will learn new ways of coping with stress and uncertainty, managing difficult emotions, setting healthy boundaries, and developing more satisfying relationships. The ultimate goal of psychotherapy is to help you feel happier and more fulfilled in your life. If you are experiencing distress or struggling to cope with a challenging situations or experiences, individual sessions can help you find relief and create lasting changes.
Challenges our psychotherapists can help you with
At Purposeful Change, our registered psychotherapists have extensive training in individual psychotherapy. We provide psychological assessment and treatment for conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and more. Our therapists are here to support you on your journey to wellness. We offer a safe and confidential space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, and work through your challenges.
- Bipolar Disorder
- Personality Disorder
- Grief or Loss
- Adjustment Disorder
- Emotional Disorders
- Negative Thoughts
- Conflict of Self
Therapies and approaches
There are different forms of therapy, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), emotionally focused therapy (EFT), psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and solution-focused therapy. Each model has its own unique approach to helping you manage your mental and emotional health. Your psychotherapist may work with you on through multiple psychotherapy models to improve your mental and emotional well-being.
Setting purposeful goals with your therapist
In individual sessions, the focus is on individual goals so you can go from where you are now, to where you would like to be. Focusing on your strengths, your psychotherapist will help you to develop specific goals and work with you on achieving them. Some of the steps involved in the therapeutic process are to:
- Bring awareness to the problem and your thoughts about it
- Develop goals that set you up for a successful treatment
- Identify coping strategies and techniques
- Learn new skills in managing emotions and behaviours
- Focus on meaningful activities
- Identify and utilize your personal strengths
Taking these steps will help you to achieve your individual goals and improve your overall mental health.
What to expect during your individual session
During an individual psychotherapy session, you can expect to discuss the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that are causing you distress. You and your therapist will work together to identify the issues that you would like to address in therapy. In addition, you will also learn about how your past experiences may be affecting your current situation. Through this process, you will gain a better understanding of yourself and how to manage your thoughts and emotions. Ultimately, individual psychotherapy can help you develop healthier coping skills and improve your overall well-being. Prior to your first session, you will be sent an intake form that will allow your therapist to support you in an informed manner.