Individual therapy is a joint process between a patient and a licensed therapist that can help the patient to overcome obstacles to their well-being. Individuals may seek therapy for help with issues that are difficult to face alone. Therapy can help teach people skills for handling difficult situations, making healthy decisions, reaching goals, and becoming more self-aware.
Therapy can help treat a range of mental, emotional, physical, and behavioral issues. Concerns that may be discussed in therapy include, but are not limited to:
There are many different forms of therapy, and some types of treatment will work better than others when handling different issues. Studies show that therapy may result in fewer relapses of common conditions, including moderate depression and anxiety. Research also indicates that the positive effects of therapy extend beyond treatment: many individuals report an improvement in quality of life long after therapy has ended.