Individual Counseling

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Individual counseling (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist. In a safe, caring, and confidential environment.To explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories. Identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others. Set personal goals, and work toward desired change.

People seek individual counseling for a wide variety of reasons. Coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety. Simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years. Depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy or counseling.

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The most frequent issues people talk about when they first come to counseling are:

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  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Relationship problems (with romantic partners, family, friends, roommates, coworkers, advisors)

  • Poor concentration, memory, inability to focus 

  • Uncertainty about choice of major or career

  • Problems forming relationships

  • Lack of satisfaction with current relationships

  • Loss of relationships (through death, divorce, break-ups, moving away)

  • Family problems

  • Anger

  • Loneliness

  • Feeling different from others due to ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, race

  • Experiencing violence now or in the past

  • Problems with eating or body image

  • Adjusting to new life circumstances

  • Having a general sense of "not feeling like myself"

  • Having a general feeling of unhappiness or unease

  • Confusion about identity, who or what you want to be

  • Procrastination

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