The Advantages Of Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling

At some point in our lives, we are almost guaranteed to experience certain struggles where we don’t quite know how to overcome them. Unfortunately, many friends or family members often know that we could be struggling with something, but do not understand how they can help. Some people do not take our struggles seriously either, but luckily for us, therapists do! Mental health is no joke. In 2014, the Florida Behavioral Health Association found that suicide was Florida’s tenth leading cause of death. Even more upsetting, is that suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 25 to 34. Individual counseling can help. Therapy has numerous benefits that could help you or a loved one who is in need of support.

1.) Personalized Therapy To Suit Your Needs

Counseling is advantageous in that it deals with an array of struggles that you might be experiencing. Common experiences, for example, maybe feelings of anxiety and depression, experiencing trauma and not knowing how to deal with it, or not receiving enough support to be able to deal with it. If you’re feeling helpless about a situation, uncertain about how to cope, or maybe you need to get to know yourself a little more, then individual counseling therapy may be the perfect solution for you or your loved one.

2.) Get One-On-One Attention

Individual therapy allows the therapist to work solely with the client and puts all his or her focus and energy into tailoring therapy that is suitable for the individual. This is a major benefit compared to other counseling therapies. The therapist can create a space that makes the patient feel safe This space is where you or your loved one can explore your thoughts, feelings and life experiences without judgment, in order to better understand yourself, your situation and what you can do about it.

3.) Discover Healthy Coping Methods

A therapist can teach you how to cope in healthy ways to manage patterns of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, or low self-confidence. When you discover more about yourself, you gain a self-awareness that will help you break those negative thought patterns that have become ‘hard-wired’ in your brain. Therapy can help rewire your brain, and develop healthy coping habits and methods.

4.) Improve Your Relationships With Loved Ones

If you or a loved one feels anxious, depressed, or have low self-esteem, this can not only affect you but also your relationships with the people around you. Having individual sessions with a therapist allows you to be able to discuss your relationships and talk about how to improve them.

5.) Take Control Of Your Life

Life can sometimes feel out of control, especially if there are things that we just cannot control at all. But sometimes we don’t know that there are things about our lives that we can control. Therapy can help you to adapt and accept the things that you cannot control, and help you learn to take control of what is malleable. Learning to know the difference is an important skill for our mental health. We can also learn to take more control in the direction of our relationships with loved ones by learning to set healthy boundaries and communication skills.

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Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going. – Noam Spencer, Ph.D.

6.) Move At Your Own Pace

With Individual counseling sessions, you can work with your therapist at a pace that works best for you and your journey. You can set goals together, work on specific problems of your choice, and grow in your own time. Therapy should be set at a comfortable pace.

7.) Have High Confidentiality

What is said between a patient and therapist will stay between the patient and therapist. Clients can share their story knowing that it will be kept confidential by their therapist. For individual counseling, confidentiality is very high, compared to group therapy as the client’s words are only shared between him or her and the therapist.

Low-Income Counseling Services In Broward County

Remember, your mental health is important and asking for help is okay. Practice makes progress and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Fifth Street Counseling Center offers counseling in both English and Spanish and has three locations conveniently serving Broward County! Contact us today to begin your healing journey.

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