Safe, Judgement-Free Discussion
If family members or peers are joining in, clients can sometimes find it hard to open up. The most effective therapy sessions are often the ones where clients can be honest and vulnerable. One-on-one therapy offers a safe and judgment-free opportunity for clients to share their concerns, frustrations or fears.
In these one-on-one sessions, many clients can also establish a connection with their therapists or counselors. As this relationship develops, it will be easier to dive into tough topics. While many first-time participants are reluctant to open up right away, that fear gradually fades. Over time, individual therapy can be the best way to express yourself and get honest feedback and advice without judgment.
Addressing Underlying Issues
Group therapy can be a wonderful way to address general topics related to recovery. For more personal issues, however, progress is more likely in one-on-one sessions. Through an individual counseling session, clients can address underlying issues such as trauma, mental health, and low self-esteem.
Tackling tough topics like a history of trauma is very specific to a single client. Therefore, group therapy can’t explore it fully. Sometimes, clients need to relive the trauma or discuss it in detail before they can resolve it.
Mental illness or low-self esteem are two more potential underlying issues. Once again, these conditions are not general to all people in recovery. Rather than alienating certain groups, it is best to leave these topics to in-depth individual sessions.
Diving Into Behavioral Therapy
One of the most effective and common ways to change a person’s frame of mind about addiction and recovery is behavioral therapy. The two major types are dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Both of these therapies are incredibly personal and offer better results for clients in a one-on-one setting. Behavioral therapy can change negative behaviors and mindsets into positive behaviors and a better outlook on life.
Opportunities for Custom Coping Skills
Coping mechanisms are helpful tools for those in recovery. For the best results, these coping skills should be specific to each individual patient. Individual counseling or therapy is a great time to explore these mechanisms and develop coping skills.
For some patients, coping skills might include learning to communicate better or carving out time to relax. For others, it’s about recognizing conditions like hunger or tiredness and treating them before it gets to be overwhelming. Having a variety of custom coping skills can absolutely be helpful in the fight against relapse.
The Role of Individual Therapy in a Comprehensive Treatment Plan
At Silver Pines Treatment Center, individual therapy is just one component of the overall treatment plan. Many patients begin with a medically supervised detox and then move to a residential program for rehabilitation. One-on-one therapy plays an important role in recovery, but so do all the following therapies and treatments:
- Family counseling
- Group therapy
- Contingency management therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
- Trauma therapy
- Work, nutrition or fitness therapies
For these reasons and so many more, individual therapy should be a part of your addiction treatment. For the best chance at recovery, seek help at Silver Pines Treatment Center in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Call 267.719.8689 to explore program options and to begin your journey to sobriety today.