Individual counseling is a one-on-one session with a counselor that aims to help individuals receive support and grow during difficult times in their life. A trained professional may provide the client with a comfortable environment for them to examine their feelings, behaviors, and beliefs. This counseling focuses on the client, and both counselor and client set goals for therapy. Overall, this type of therapy aims to help clients grow and move toward more psychologically healthy lives.
Individual sessions typically range from 45 to 50 minutes. Some individuals may find their problems resolved with short-term therapy, while others may need more time before they see improvement.
Often, people lack support systems that help them deal with personal problems and other issues. Individual counseling seeks to assist the client with their current and anticipated problems. Counselors provide them with a supportive and safe environment that allows the individual to work through issues such as past traumas and difficulties, depression, anxiety, grief, career counseling, and more. Through talking, writing and other assignments individuals may find relief and witness personal change in their life.
For instance, a client going through a major loss may not know ways to cope with grief. A counselor can listen, identify other resources, aid in developing grieving processes and help identify ways to move forward with life. In addition to the loss of a loved one, grief can encompass other types of loss including a move, a job loss, a child leaving for college or the end of a relationship.