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Individual Therapy Explained

Understanding Individual Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Individual therapy is a space in which a counsellor can assist you to develop a deeper understanding of the issues that may have led to the development of an addiction disorder. Your therapist will create a safe, trusting relationship with you in which you can start to explore specific issues in your life. During these sessions, you will start thinking about your relationship with the substance or substances you struggle with. An individual therapist will help you to focus on your own unique journey in a non-judgemental, safe way that allows you to express yourself without fear of being stigmatised or shamed.

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Why Choose Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy is just one component of an effective addiction treatment. It gives you an opportunity to think about your life in new ways and to start rebuilding your relationship with yourself, mending the harm done by your experience with addiction. Therapy will help you to find any and all root causesfor addiction. Through this personalised therapy method, you will be able to start seeing how a future without addiction may look like. Sometimes, addiction can serve as a protection from painful feelings. By addressing these feelings directly through individual therapy with a qualified therapist, you may find that the need for addiction subsides and you can focus on rebuilding your life in positive, constructive ways.

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What happens during individual therapy?

Your first session with your individual therapist will be an assessment, during which he or she will ask some basic, open-ended questions. The therapist may want to hear more about your experiences with addiction, and ask some questions about your life in general, as well as about your past. This will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions about therapy and to make sure that you feel comfortable speaking to your therapist.

In subsequent sessions, you will be able to express anything on your mind to your therapist. Your therapist will gently guide you to explore your feelings and to develop a deeper understanding of the problems you are facing.You may be encouraged to think about experiences in your past that connect with your present circumstances, but you will not be asked to talk about anything that feels too difficult or overwhelming. You will always have control over how much you wish to say. You will be able to speak about your struggles with addiction as well as any other relevant experiences happening now or that have happened in the past.

In some cases, you will be offered a fixed number of sessions, and will see your therapist for a fixed amount of time (usually a 50-minute session) each week until your number of sessions is complete. This is known as fixed-term therapy. In open-ended therapy, it will be up to you and your therapist to decide together how many sessions you will need.

What to expect from individual therapy?

Individual therapy should feel gentle and safe. It is a space in which you can start to explore more difficult feelings. You can expect to learn things about yourself that you may not have previously been aware of and to express feelings that may not have been spoken about before. Although this can be difficult at times, you can expect to take this at your own pace; feel free to notify your therapist about any concerns you have regarding their questions and the topics discussed during you sessions .In individual therapy, you can expect to develop a greater understanding of the difficulties you are facing and to develop strategies to cope better with the feelings that may be underlying your addiction.

The Role of Counselling in Individual Therapy

The terms counselling and individual therapy both refer to individual sessions with a trained professional who guides you through your emotions and helps you to think about your difficulties in new ways. Sometimes counselling is seen as a lighter form of individual therapy but this is not necessarily the case. It is best to ask individual treatment centres about the training and backgrounds of their counsellors and therapists.

Facts and Statistics about Individual Therapy

A 2010 survey from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy found that one in five people has seen an individual therapist (1)

The same survey showed that 94% of people consider it acceptable to seek help from a therapist if they are struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues, signifying a big change in cultural attitudes towards therapy (1)

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