Everyone experiences times in their lives when things don’t work out the way we planned, our stress becomes overwhelming, we encounter issues in our family life, or we lose someone or something that was important to us. Life can certainly be challenging, especially when there are expectations on us to bounce back and move on from these difficult times without the time, tools, and support to do so in a mentally and physically healthy way.
Individual counselling, also called psychotherapy or individual therapy, is a collaborative partnership between you and a trained mental health professional. It involves meeting, in-person or via a virtual clinic setting, in a safe and confidential environment with a goal of discussing and resolving the challenges you’re experiences, so you can get back to enjoying your life.
When life becomes overwhelming, unbearable, or just plain challenging, individual counselling may be an option to help you develop a better understanding of your difficulties and needs, build resilience, and regain control of your life.
Some common reasons people seek out individual counselling includes, but is not limited to:
- Depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mental illnesses
- Stress management
- Anger management
- Grief, bereavement, and loss
- Low self-esteem and self-confidence
- Relationship challenges
How Counselling Can Help
Individual counselling takes place in a safe, caring, and confidential space to allow for open discussion and problem-solving. Counsellors are trained mental health professionals from a variety of different educational, professional, and cultural backgrounds, with expertise supporting a variety of different challenges and barriers to mental wellness.
By exploring your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, counselling can help in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:
- Unbiased supportive listening
- Identifying your challenges and triggers
- Evaluating your existing coping strategies
- Building positive, productive techniques for coping
- Problem solving
- Growing self-confidence, self-esteem, and resilience
There is no one formula for individual counselling. Effective interventions and support for one person may not work for another person. Some people may need a few counselling sessions, while others may benefit from a long-term therapeutic relationship with a counsellor. Therefore, effective counselling is customized to your challenges and needs.
Some common interventions and approaches to counselling include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Solutions-Focused Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
Dalton Associates can help you find a mental health professional who has expertise in supporting you through your unique challenges, while being a personal and cultural fit, so you can get back to thriving.