“ Behind every smiling face there is an immense pain that is known only to the heart.” This is the truth about life. Everyone’s lives consist of ups and downs. Every individual faces situations that might push them into depression, anxiety, fear, stress, relationship challenges, parenting problems, substance abuse, difficulties in school or college, etc., and sometimes, he/she finds it too difficult to sort things out and pull themselves together. The best solution is to get help through a few sessions of individual counseling.
An individual counseling session is focused on the individual’s personal problems. These may include dealing with situations like a loved one’s sudden death, troubles with marriage life, tension on choosing the correct career path or stress at work, a break-up from a relationship, etc. They all deal with an individual’s concerns of their present life or the near future.
Sometimes known as talk therapy or psychotherapy, or plainly treatment, a session with just you and you counselor is one that is carried out with maximum confidentiality. This is indeed a place where you can open up completely. Your counselor makes sure that you feel comfortable and cared for while ensuring that your problems will be given the best solution.
Analyzing and setting up treatment goals
After you have told your counselor about what you are dealing with, your counselor will decide on the number of sessions, and the goals to achieve during each session. Individual therapy sessions may take between 50 minutes to one hour depending on the requirement and your progress from the previous sessions. Most issues concern with an individual’s immediate problems and so are resolved with a short term therapy session. It is the more complex or chronic issues that require carefully planned long term treatment.
During each therapy session with your counselor, you will be asked to open up about the situations that bother you and also how you felt while you encountered them. Furthermore, your therapist will help you to understand better why you feel such emotions. A major factor that determines the success of each treatment session is your relationship with the therapist. The more comfortable you are with your counselor, the more you will trust him/her and the better you will open up. The more you open up, the better and efficient each treatment session will be.
If you ever feel you need help, you should always seek the help of a counselor. Do not be ashamed. Almost everyone has and faces similar issues, and sometimes, it is always better to seek the help of a professional rather than trying to sort out everything by your selves. Sometimes, not everything stays within your control.