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Individual therapy is a form of therapy in which the client is treated on a one-on-one basis with a therapist. The most popular form of therapy, individual therapy may encompass many different treatment styles including cognitive-behavioral therapy, problem solving therapy, solution focused therapy, brainspotting and internal family systems.

Individual therapy allows the therapist and client to focus on each other, building a rapport and working together to resolve the client's concerns. Therapy sessions give individuals the opportunity to confidentially talk through problems or situations with a trained professional. It does not necessarily make problems disappear, but it equips individuals with the requisite tools to cope with them more appropriately.

What to Expect from a Therapy Session


Individual therapy is useful for many types of situations that cause stress, anger, grief or conflict. In a comfortable, private setting, an individual and a therapist will explore various important issues, including (but not limited to):

  • Expression of thoughts and emotions

  • Behavior patterns

  • Problem-solving

  • Conflict resolution

  • Strengths and weaknesses

  • Cognitive distortions

  • Traumatic experiences

Individual therapy may be short-term (focusing on immediate issues) or long-term (delving into more complex problems). The number of sessions and the frequency of appointments depends on the individual’s situation and the recommendations of the therapist.

The exact way in which this therapy is implemented tends to vary depending on the issues in question, the needs of the individual, and the practices of the therapist.

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