Individual Counseling and Therapy Services
There are many reasons why people seek individual counseling and therapy options. Reasons for counseling are:
- life changes
- healthy boundary setting
- mental health concerns
- self discovery.
Individual therapy is a way to work through trauma and address mental health issues. Working with a counselor improves self image. It also teaches how to navigate emotions and stress. Therapy improves daily functioning.
What is individual therapy?
Individual counseling consists of working toward goals. There’s discussion of the patient’s personal history, physical health and medical history. This includes any history of mental health issues. It’s not uncommon to discuss these at more than one appointment. Patients often remember vital information after they dive in. Therapists use this information to assist in goal setting. They also decide the best treatment for working toward goals in future sessions. The National Institute of Mental Health finds 20% of adults may have mental health issues. Society has evolved, in recent years, to lessen the stigma around mental health care. So, more people are seeking help and more comfortable doing so.
In fact, this was a 1% increase over 2019, when about 19% of US adults received some sort of treatment. Therapy is beneficial to everyone. It is a great way to improve quality of life by understanding how we react to stressful situations. Another vital role it plays is in learning how to navigate relationships. This includes the most important relationship we all have: the one with ourselves.
How Counseling helps.
Develop a fresh perspective.
We are all guilty of repeating the same mistakes. Identify patterns with the help of a counselor. Then put in place a new, healthy approach.
Improve coping mechanisms.
We live in a stressful time. You may have trouble with anything. Work-life balance, job and financial woes are common. Another common struggle is troubled relationships. An individual can use therapy to learn how to better react to and manage stressors large or small. This also helps with large stressors like grief.
Living a better, more fulfilling life.
Jobs are easier when you’re equipped with the correct tools. The same goes for life! Things are better when you know how to manage your emotions, stress and reactions. Therapy works for everyone, even those who seem to have it all together. We can all learn how to better handle everything that comes our way.
Improved physical health
Stress affects health. The American Psychological Association found that 80% of Americans have physical symptoms. These include fatigue, headache, upset stomach, muscle tension. People also see changes in appetite, teeth grinding, libido changes and dizziness. Other symptoms include irritability, anger, nervousness, malaise, feeling on the verge of tears. Half of Americans report that they cannot sleep due to stress. Managing stress through individual therapy diminishes or eradicates these and other negative effects.
Developing better communication skills.
Damaged relationships are often fixed by communicating better. Therapy teaches individuals strategies to improve communication skills.
Cultivating self awareness.
Let’s face it, it’s not easy to recognize when and where we fall short. Individual therapy sessions can include being comfortable reflecting and improving.
Improving problem solving skills.
Some people experience significant stress when problems arise. Others overreact because they are unable to view the problem in context. Some others avoid the issue altogether. This can lead to larger problems down the line.
It’s important to remember, you are not alone! According to research, many people seek out and visit a counselor at least once in their lifetime. Do you struggle with challenges or want individual counseling to improve your quality of life? You have come to the right place.
How does confidentiality work?
Are you concerned about privacy? That’s a natural anxiety when considering individual counseling. All counselors and therapists must maintain confidentiality at all times, unless it is lawfully needed. One other caveat to this is if you are attempting to bill through insurance. Counselors must submit diagnoses and information to insurers for payment. This doesn’t mean insurance companies learn everything about you and your sessions. However, they will receive a high level summary of your therapist’s notes to release payment. Some individuals choose not to have this information released to their insurers and thereby pay out of pocket.
If your employer is the policy-holder of your insurance, they may also see what services you are using. Because of this, many individuals choose to pay for counseling services out of pocket. Some occupations scrutinize mental health. Pilots, public officials, and health professionals often choose to pay out of pocket. Parents also choose to pay out of pocket for their children often for this very reason. They worry about decisions made by their child’s school. These include admission to private school and the college admissions process.
The benefits of recieving individual counseling and therapy are as follows:
- Develop a fresh perspective
- Improve coping mechanisms
- Living a better, more fulfilling life
- Improving physical health
- Developing better communication skills
- Cultivating self awareness
- Decrease stress
- Improving problem solving skills
to find support in a safe, and confidential space.
It’s important to remember, you are not alone! According to research, many people seek out and visit a counselor at least once in their lifetime. If you are struggling with any challenge in your life or you would like to seek out individual counseling just to improve your quality of life even more, you have come to the right place.
Schedule a free phone or online consultation with Frisco’s premier counselor Megan Corrieri, to get all your questions answered.