Individual therapy is about insight and change.
People seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Some come because of emotional symptoms such as anxiety or depression that are causing psychological distress; many come because of clearly identified problems, but there is an inability to move away. Everyone comes because of the need to seek a better quality of life.
There is not a “one size fits all” approach to therapy. Just as a doctor needs to make a thorough physical examination of a patient before recommending treatment, so a therapist needs to do thorough case histories in order to better understand the various aspects to a symptom, problem or situation. Trust and openness are therefore vital components to a therapeutic relationship. The therapist needs to be empathic and understanding and the client needs to work with whatever issues might arise in the process. For this there needs to be clearly defined boundaries and confidentiality.
Individual therapy might take many forms, depending on the clinical assessment and the therapists centre of training. Central to the process is mutual respect and a willingness to work with a process of healing. Insight is a powerful tool of change and change is a powerful tool of healing. The dynamic nature of therapy means that destructive choices become options not compulsions, living on autopilot becomes uncomfortable. Therapy aims to provide alternative options to outmoded behaviours and provide a safe environment where healing might take place.
Information by Wendy Hay (Clinical Psychologist)