Individual psychotherapy is defined by the binary framework of psychotherapist and client in treatment.
People who seek therapy often feel trapped within frustrating and strong emotions, fail to escape vicious circles of negative thoughts and, as a result, experience a series of physical symptoms that interfere with their everyday life. Additionally, their familial, friendly and professional relationships are disrupted. From beginning to end, the therapeutic process involves the binary relationship with the therapist, which is characterised by trust, acceptance, understanding, and an environment of safety.
Some goals of individual psychotherapy can be:
- breaking free of negative symptoms.
- balancing the internal world of the therapy client with the external one.
- assuming a new point of view towards behaviours, beliefs, emotions.
- learning new, more functional models of behaviour.
- entering desired, balanced relationships with others.