Individual Therapy

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Individual Counseling Services in Chandler, AZ

Anyone can benefit from seeing a counselor. Individual therapy, although important for help in stabilizing clinical problems, is not limited to treating mental illness. A trained therapist is skilled in providing support, encouragement and an alternative viewpoint to help you through the challenges of life.

Quality Individual Counseling Has a Positive Direction

I am solution focused in my approach which means that an important part of my service is to help clients discover and maximize their strengths to facilitate coping and problem solving. Clients also benefit from my guidance in learning new skills and behaviors to allow for more options in overcoming and getting through difficult life stages in the present. The goal is to help clients develop flexibility and confidence in approaching unexpected and sometimes negative events that occur in their life.

How Long Will Individual Counseling Last?

"How do I know when counseling is complete?" is a common question that therapists' are asked. Each person enters counseling for a variety of reasons and has a varying range of goals and ongoing stressors in their lives. These individual differences and life events that occur during the time one is in therapy will affect the duration of counseling. As therapy progresses, however, you will begin to find that coping with life events begins to be less overwhelming or confusing, and you begin to have more confidence in your own judgment without needing to consult with the therapist in session each time. When this occurs, it's the first indicator that counseling sessions can begin to be scheduled less often. At that time, you and the therapist will begin to discuss the process of ending the counseling relationship.

A Checklist for Completing Your Individual Therapy:

  • Be sure to attend your last appointment. Saying goodbye is important.
  • Allow yourself to feel grateful for the trusting relationship you have developed with your therapist.
  • Review your accomplishments. You probably have more than you know.
  • Congratulate yourself for your commitment to the process.
  • Discuss how to handle communication after therapy. For me, I always reassure clients to call me whenever they would like to let me know how they are doing. An appointment isn't always necessary.
  • Develop a post-counseling plan to prioritize the most effective coping tools and self care behaviors to maintain your progress.