How Does Individual Therapy Work?
Although there is no particular stage of humans' growth for one to develop mental or psychological problems, providing psychotherapy to adults is always challenging. The difficulty originates from the fact that most clients already have some experience with the world and hence will present themselves to the therapist with pre-conceived ideas about themselves, other people and the world. As such, it is the responsibility of the therapist to soothe them to abandon the pre-conceived cognitions and get ready to recognise their dysfunctional patterns and identify their goals for treatment. Therefore, the therapist deals with the moods, the thoughts, and also the body of the client mainly through talk therapy, nutrition, physical fitness as well as complementary coaching on health. The eventual objective of private individual therapy is the transformation of feelings of distress into positive changes.
How Can Individual Therapy Help?
Although therapists do not provide concrete advice or solution on what to do to feel relieved, they help distressed clients to explore their problems in a safe environment, hence equipping clients with tools of dealing with the psychological, interpersonal, and behavioral causes of their distress.
There are a variety of means through which counselling can help people overcome their problems. They include but are not limited to:
- Counselling helps clients to establish negative thought processes that result in feelings of bleakness and vulnerability and hence cultivate a more positive attitude.
- Therapy can also help individuals to explore learned behaviours and thoughts that develop or mantain problems.
- Counselling is critical in enabling one to regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
- Similarly, individual therapy helps a distressed person to find solutions to their problems.
- Therapy can help clients to discover their personal strengths and how to use those strengths to grow stronger in other areas.
When to Seek Private Individual Therapy?
At some point in our lives, one might need to see a private therapist. However, the signs might not always be apparent, and most people drag themselves on to an extent when life becomes unmanageable. To avoid such scenarios, people should be on the lookout for the following signs which suggests it is time to seek for help.
First, if one experiences overwhelming sadness or irritation this may indicate that the individual has developed a psychological problem. Similarly, drastic changes in eating and sleeping patterns, withdrawal from friends and family alongside thoughts of death or suicide suggest that one should seek therapy.
Secondly, the moment an individual turns to food, alcoholism, drugs or sex to cope with stress that suggests that he/she should make an appointment with a therapist. Similarly, the pain of losing a loved one can be a long and tough journey to undergo without the services of a psychotherapist. The loss of a job, divorce and break up could mark a challenging spell in the life of some individuals more so if one has gone through a series of loses within a short period.
Thirdly, going through a traumatic happening or finding yourself the victim of an accident or a crime, prolonged illnesses necessitate that one seeks the services of a counsellor as earlier as possible for them to learn better ways of dealing with the situation. Likewise, if one finds things they used to get pleasure in engaging in to be no longer interesting such as getting out, making new friends and having fun, it means that something is amiss. Seeking the services of an impartial, listening and non-judgmental counselling professional can be a revitalizing experience.
What is Evidence-Based Therapy?
Evidence-Based Therapy (EBT) is referred to as Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in general terms with the aim of bringing on board more fields of medicine. EBT refers to any psychological therapy centered on peer-reviewed scientific proof. Similarly, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies defines Evidence-Based Therapy as adherence to psychological approaches and techniques based on scientific evidence. Lastly, according to both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association, EBP/EBT is defined as the ‘Best Practice’ and ‘preferred’ approaches for psychological treatment.
What to Expect from your First Private Therapy Session
In almost every first counseling session, there are many standard practices associated with it. Your therapist will make sure to address the following:
- Easing the client's way into a conversation; this process involves greetings, being warm, asking about their day with the aim of making the client settle in comfortably.
- Beginning with the basic information such as the history of the client's case and the demographics with the aim of filling the details rather than sharing the basics.
- Asking for information that may or may not be relevant to you. This is because this session is mainly meant for evaluation of one's life such as substance use, work history, and essential life relationships.
- This discussion generally entails setting some general objectives for the work ahead which includes the frequency of the meetings.
- Seeking clarifications. The aim of this is making the client open up on the questions that he/she might be having; the issues are discussed after that.
- Lastly, the discussion on the subsequent meeting's date and time.
Top Tips to Help You Choose the Right Private Therapist for You
The hardest thing in therapy is admitting that we are psychologically distressed and should, therefore, seek help. However, the moment one makes up their mind to seek psychotherapy, their worry becomes finding out a therapist who can adequately understand them. The following are guidelines on identifying the right therapist for you:
- Ask a member of our triage team to help you find the right therapist for your issues. Remember that researching therapists before settling for one is vital.
- Similarly, it is critical that one acquaints themselves with the types of counselling services they offer such as couples, individual, group as well as family therapies.
- Strive to find a therapist with expertise in the field of your need. For instance, if you have problems with your sight, you would visit an ophthalmologist and not an oncologist. For those therapists who have specialised in a variety of fields, investigation into their level of experience is key. In addition, assess the level of comfort you felt while with the therapist. Finally, consider on whether you felt at ease when sharing your distresses with them.
Types of Individual Therapy
Generally speaking, Psychological therapies fall into four categories: Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, which focus on cognitions and behaviours; Psychoanalytical and Psychodynamic Therapies, which focus on the unconscious relationship patterns that evolved from childhood, Humanistic Therapies, which focus on self-development in the 'here and now'; Other Therapies, such as EMDR. Below is a breakdown of the private individual therapy services for adults available at our clinics in London.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
Cognitive Behavioural Therapies are based on the way you think and/or the way you behave. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy developed by American psychiatrist Professor A. Beck in the early 1960s. In recent years CBT has expanded its focus to include a so-called third wave of therapies, which includes ACT, CAT, MBCT, DBT and Schema Therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a fairly new, nontraditional type of psychotherapy. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. It's growing in popularity, particularly for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).