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.
Change is inevitable throughout the lifespan. Families are greatly impacted by such events. Going to therapy together can develop resilience, improve problem behaviors, and increase satisfaction in relationships.
All members of the family are active participants in the session and have a role to play in treatment. It is common for clients in family therapy to partake in relationship building exercises along with activities that promote skill-building in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and coping with symptoms.
Sometimes the therapist might assign tasks for the family to practice new skills outside of the session. Depending on the family situation, members might also choose to attend individual and couples therapy as well.
It is a natural occurrence for close relationships to encounter conflict. Both individuals are considered clients of the therapist and are encouraged to express their emotions, process issues, and effectively problem solve in a safe, neutral environment.
The therapist may ask to observe the clients’ interactions together, as a couple, to then provide them with interactive opportunities to learn new skills that enhance the relationship. Couples are often given tasks to complete outside of treatment to strengthen these skills through practice.
To minimize the risk of exposure for illnesses, such as COVID-19 and to eliminate transportation as a barrier to treatment, we offer appointments via Telehealth. In order for clients to use Telehealth as an option for treatment, they must have a cell phone, tablet, or computer with internet access.
It is also important to consider personal privacy when utilizing Telehealth services. It is the client’s responsibility to find a quiet, private space where they are able to comfortably speak and be engaged in therapy. At this time, Telehealth is only offered for individual and couples therapy.
Attending group therapy in addition to individual sessions can be a complementary way to progress treatment. Members of the group often have similar diagnoses or experiences. The understanding and support of peers can provide additional insight into the individual engaging in the therapeutic process. The therapist facilitates these appointments and tailors the conversations, as well as activities to be mutually beneficial for all participants.
In the first session of therapy, the group together creates a contract for behavioral expectations and rules for participation. Confidentiality and respect of the group members are required of all participants to follow. Current clients of Healing Conversations Counseling may participate in group therapy. Clients of other local mental health therapists may join group therapy in our office, but they must be referred to do so, to ensure that the program is clinically appropriate for that individual.