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The Benefits of Individual Psychotherapy

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Individual psychotherapy provides a multitude of benefits to patients seeking treatment to help improve their mental health. Through talk therapy sessions, patients can become self-aware of feelings that may hinder their wellbeing in order to learn out to better cope with those feelings. 

What is individual psychotherapy?

Individual psychotherapy is a type of therapy in which the patient works one-on-one with a therapist to overcome feelings hindering their well-being. Individual psychotherapy helps patients talk through difficult situations and feelings to help them acknowledge and overcome something hurting their mental health. 

Individual psychotherapy helps treat a multitude of emotional and behavioral issues including:

  • Anxiety 
  • Stress
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorder
  • Addiction

Patients should only receive individual psychotherapy from a state-licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, clinical social worker, or marriage and family therapist. These therapy sessions are confidential to help improve a patient’s overall mental health. 

Tailored treatment through individual psychotherapy

Patients undergoing individual psychotherapy sessions receive an approach tailored around their unique feelings and mental health struggles. For example, a patient whose anxiety is triggered by a certain life situation requires different treatment than a patient whose stress is school-related. A licensed therapist has the experience and education to understand what approach to take when it comes to addressing the needs of their patients. 

By receiving a tailored approach, patients can more easily address their feelings and become self-aware of the problems that they face. 

Supporting emotional development

For adolescents, individual psychotherapy supports their emotional development as they address feelings and behavior surrounding new or recurring situations. In some cases, adolescents require individual psychotherapy to address and cope with common struggles facing youth, such as experiencing their parent’s divorce or coping with their first breakup. 

Through confidential sessions, adolescents are encouraged to express and address their emotional state. They will learn how to best cope with their feelings and discover ways to improve their mental health, all through the support of a licensed professional. These sessions help youth become self-aware of feelings that they might be experiencing for the first time. 

Managing grief and loss

Grief and loss are hard for any person to cope with. In some instances, grief and loss appear unexpectedly. Individual psychotherapy helps people address their emotions surrounding a recent loss to better understand how to cope with their grief. A death in the family, a serious breakup or divorce, or even changes in the patient’s health or health of a loved one can trigger grief. 

Individual psychotherapy can help patients talk through their loss and understand the deepest triggers for their emotional state. For teens and young adults, grief and loss can be much harder to cope with. According to a survey from Vitas Healthcare, 90% of students surveyed under age 18 experienced the death of a loved one. Licensed counselors and therapists have experience talking with youth about grief and loss to help them cope with their unique feelings. 

Finding the right individual psychotherapist

Patients should only seek individual psychotherapy treatment from a licensed professional. Psychologists and psychiatrists are required to be licensed within their state in order to host individual psychotherapy sessions with patients. This shows the patients that they have the right education and experience to help treat their mental health. Patients can research their individual psychotherapist’s credentials and expertise to confirm that the approach used during sessions aligns with their needs.


Ellen Diamond, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle. 

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