Individual therapy is a therapy session where only you and the therapist are present. Therapy is a joint process that has been helpful to many people because it allows you get to know yourself on a deeper level.
While it is typical that many people will seek out therapy when they are feeling increased levels of distress, you do not have to be experiencing a current crisis to begin therapy. Beginning therapy or engaging in therapy prior to experiencing a crisis can be highly beneficial in assisting you in managing those increased stressful events.
Therapy can be beneficial in so many ways. Some of the benefits that you may discover are:
- Increased self-awareness
- Encouraged self-exploration
- Ability to identify and implement boundaries
- Enhanced communication skills
- Development of healthy coping skills
These are by no means the only benefits to therapy. The process and experience is individualized to each client and so are the potential benefits from it.
Generally speaking, the layout or function of an individual session is similar online to a session being done face to face. If you have ever had a Skype call or FaceTime call, online video sessions are similar, although they are done through a HIPAA compliant platform. It is still a session with just you and your therapist, except you are not in the same physical location and are looking at each other and communicating using technology.
I can assist my clients in addressing a variety of issues, although I do have focus areas that are considered to be specialities. My specialities include addressing Self-Esteem Issues, Shame, Stress Management, PTSD, Addiction, Unhealthy or Abusive Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Assault, Grief and Loss, and Trauma.
I consider my approach to therapy to be eclectic. This means I do not use only one type of approach to assist my clients. You can expect that I will be there to listen to you, that I will support you in your healing journey. The therapy experience goes based on your own pace and you will not be rushed in your process. We start wherever you feel the most comfortable. You can expect me to answer any questions you have about therapy or the process along the way.
The therapeutic relationship cultivated between you and your therapist is an important part of the process. Studies have shown that one of the most beneficial aspects to a successful therapy experience is the rapport or relationship between the client and the therapist. Individual therapy can sometimes feel like a very vulnerable experience. It is important that you feel confident in and trust the person you are speaking with to help guide you and support you in your process. However, a therapeutic relationship is different than a relationship with a friend. The therapeutic relationship has its own ethical boundaries and limitations to make sure the focus of your sessions remain about you.
At this time, I only offer therapeutic services online. In the future, I do plan on offering in-person sessions.