If you or a loved one is currently struggling with mental health disorders or substance abuse, you may have already considered seeking therapy programs. There are various therapies available, and the most well-known are probably individual therapy programs. There are several advantages to individual therapy, all of which are available to you at Bonfire Behavioral Health.
Bonfire Behavioral Health’s individual therapy program gives people the perfect environment to begin to heal from addiction, mental health disorders, or both. If you or a loved one would like more information about individual therapy advantages, contact our team by calling 603.617.4815 or filling out our online form.
Understanding Individual Therapy
Individual therapy is a collaborative process between a patient and their therapist. Often a patient and their therapist share common goals for their sessions, such as mitigating depression, identifying triggers, or increasing self-awareness. Generally, a therapist’s goal is to improve their patient’s quality of life.
Individual therapy can help patients overcome obstacles in their life, make healthier decisions, reach goals and learn coping skills. Therapy can be soothing for some as they become self-aware and capable of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with an improved state of mind. Some even choose to continue therapy after it no longer seems necessary to avoid returning to a dark place.
When to Seek Therapy
If you are dealing with an issue that causes distress or interferes with your daily life, such as a mental health disorders, addiction, relationship issues, or anything that you need to discuss with a third party, individual therapy might be the best choice for your health and well-being. Distress can become apparent through negative thoughts, feelings, behaviors, or even chronic physical pain or fatigue.
If you are waiting until you feel severe symptoms to experience individual therapy’s advantages, don’t. If you are often unhappy, overwhelmed, or hopeless, it is time to seek therapy. Therapy can also help those who experience addiction, cannot focus on work or school, or have thoughts of hurting themselves or others.
Many people tend to avoid seeking treatment.
Some reasons that people avoid individual therapy include:
- Fear of stigma associated with mental health care
- Feeling shame discussing their past
- They don’t want to acknowledge that they need help or that something is wrong
- Worry that therapy sessions will not be confidential
- Financial barriers
However, it is crucial to remember that you are not alone. Mental health and substance abuse issues are extremely common, especially following the pandemic. Mental health issues are not stigmatized nearly as much as they used to be. Therapists are licensed professionals dedicated to improving your quality of life. Confidentiality should never be a problem when seeking medical assistance of any kind.
Why Is Individual Therapy Important?
Individual therapy is important for a number of reasons. Trained therapists aim to get to the root of the issue, allowing them to encourage positive lifestyle changes, identify underlying causes of symptoms, and provide strategies for avoiding unwanted thoughts and behaviors.
Therapy can help treat mental, emotional, behavioral, and even physical concerns.
Some examples of concerns that can be discussed in therapy are:
- Anger management
- Relationship or marital challenges
Individual therapy provides space for an open and honest dialogue about any issues that may be bothering you. By building a relationship with your therapist, you’ll be able to work towards identifying and understanding how and why these stressors are impacting your life, in addition to coping strategies. Unlike group, couples, or family therapy, individual therapy focuses entirely on you. This allows patients to be honest, open, and have more time to understand the deeper roots of their issues and develop coping strategies.
Begin to Heal with Individual Therapy at Bonfire Behavioral Health
Individual therapy is not only for people with severe symptoms. If you are considering trying therapy, reach out to one of Bonfire Behavioral Health’s mental health professionals by calling 603.617.4815 or completing our online contact form.