Individual sessions are an opportunity to be one-on-one with a professional counselor and can help with the daily struggles that life brings. The sessions are usually 50 to 90 minutes and are often scheduled weekly.
During the first session, you will have an opportunity to share your goals for counseling and what areas of your life you might want to improve. You may also talk about your history, family dynamics, current relationships, or current stressors. The first session is also an opportunity to get to know the therapist and to ask questions about the process.
Going forward, you and your therapist will tailor your work to fit your individual preferences and focus. As the sessions continue, you will continue discussing current events that feel problematic as you start to explore how your history has impacted you. It is also helpful to talk about relationships and communication patterns because when relationships are not working well, people often have an increased amount of stress. You will learn a variety of techniques to grow and change, with mindfulness being a foundation. The technique teaches you to be aware of what you are feeling in the moment, which allows for a deepening of the therapy process. Unwanted patterns of relating and behaving, discovered during therapy sessions, are worked with to create more positive patterns to replace them. Using a variety of avenues allows patterns to shift more rapidly as cognitive therapy helps clients understand the issue with their mind and the more holistic training gives the body’s neurotransmitters a chance to run a new course.
Many of us have never learned how to care for ourselves, which leads to low self-esteem and an unsuccessful search for satisfaction through addictive behaviors and relationships. Because of this, we will teach you to take care of yourself in new and fulfilling ways. The process leads to an increased feeling of power and self worth and a decrease in feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. We will teach you how to create a mindfulness practice to better check in with yourself throughout the week and to increase relaxation and peace in your day.