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Individual Psychotherapy

Individual psychotherapy is used to treat emotional, personality or behavioural issues that may be affecting our relationships, career, or life, causing sadness or depression and blocking betterment in life.

How Does Therapy Help?

Therapy helps inspire change or improve quality of life by helping people who are stuck in a mental rut, which they are unable to overcome on their own. Therapy improves positive feelings, self-esteem, self-confidence, and empathy. It creates self-awareness of one’s thoughts, attitudes, responses and choices. It empowers people to think clearly and calmly, understand oneself and one’s triggers better, so as to handle tough situations through better responses. Therapy provides coping mechanisms to handle emotions and stressful situations in a better way.

When Must One Seek Therapy?

When one is often stressed, disturbed and distressed, and the state of mind affects daily functioning. Distress could involve negative thoughts, perpetual anxiety, confusion, sadness, inability to take decisions, feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, being overwhelmed, being on the edge, constantly tensed, inability to relax, emotional thoughts and responses, anger, guilt, unhappiness, or even a bodily sensation such as pain or fatigue. One must seek therapy before symptoms become severe. Therapy is also useful for people who cannot focus at work or school, experience addiction, or feel like hurting themselves or others.

Types of Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy: This is a long-term mental illness treatment that supports the individual over months or years. The therapist encourages the individual to express their emotions, feelings, thoughts, attitudes related to various aspects of their life that may contribute to their actions or responses, in order to uncover any negative patterns that may be causing disruption or problems.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT): The therapist works with the individual to understand thoughts, beliefs or feelings that may be causing problematic situations in his/her life. CBT techniques are employed to convert negative thoughts into positive ones. CBT treats insomnia, depression, eating disorders, stress, anxiety, OCD, and many other mental health issues. Two types of CBT are Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Rational Emotive Therapy.

Behavioral Therapy: Treats behavioural patterns, responses, reactions, that are learned and exhibited by the individual based on experiences from the past that are difficult to break out off. This is done by identifying which unhelpful behaviours are linked to past learnings, and employing practices to break out of these.

Humanistic Therapy: Focuses on how we look at the world or how our views and opinions influence our decisions or choices. The humanistic approach is that we can understand ourselves best, and so encourages the individual to study themselves, for better self-acceptance. Humanistic Therapy helps treat drug disorders, trauma, self-esteem issues, depression etc. The three types are Gestalt, Existential, and Person-Centred Therapy.

How to Overcome the Barriers to Therapy?

It’s hard to acknowledge that one may have a problem requiring professional help. Even then, it may seem shameful or stigmatizing to accept the fact before others or share one’s issues with others. Financial constraints is another reason. Therapy is not dissimilar to getting a consultation or treatment for a cold or fever. Therapists are trained professionals who provide support, ensure confidentiality, and help people work through painful or embarrassing problems. Many also offer flexible fees or payment schedules.

Statistics indicate that more people today face mental health issues due to life challenges, and many are empowering themselves via therapy. Unlearning one’s thoughts, feelings, emotions, and responses is not easy. Individual Therapy is a support mechanism that supports the individual at every step, in their mental transitioning journey.