What is Individual Therapy?

Therapy can assist an individual with finding alternatives to the stories that may be constraining her or him from personal growth or contentment. Within our fast paced society we often do not have the time to explore the constraints that are placed on us, whether they be visible, such as career demands or the stress of raising a family, or invisible, such as the impact of family history or societal expectations. The therapeutic process involves looking at the client and the issues that are affecting him or her as a part of a greater system. This system includes the client’s view of self, health, relationships, family, society, culture, etc. By understanding how the whole puzzle works the client is able to move towards greater understanding and appreciation of their unique piece in it.

In order to best honour each client’s individuality, I believe therapy should be client centred and goal oriented. It is my role to facilitate the client’s defining of attainable goals and to help the client work towards the changes desired.

Here are some of the issues and concerns individuals may bring to therapy:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Grief and loss
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Gambling
  • Self-esteem and acceptance
  • Body image
  • Developing social skills
  • Past or current trauma and abuse
  • Family-of-origin issues
  • Anger management
  • Time management
  • Career choices
  • Relationship issues
  • Separation or divorce
  • Parenting concerns