Individual therapy is a one-on-one appointment of talk therapy between the client and a mental health therapist. As an active participant in the therapeutic process, the client will direct the conversation on presenting problems, issues, and current symptoms they would like to address.
The therapist may ask questions to better understand the client’s experience and explore the possibility of solutions with the use of personal strengths. Skill-building often occurs in these appointments as well.
The client may learn certain techniques for coping skills or communication styles and be encouraged to practice them outside of their appointments. It is common for psychoeducation to occur in these appointments so that the therapist can help answer any questions the client may have about diagnoses, symptoms, and treatment.