This type of personalized therapy allows the person in recovery to work privately with a counselor to explore and resolve issues that might have led to the addiction. Ongoing individual counseling sessions also allow the individual to continue to work through problems and formulate strategies to help them stay on track in the recovery process.

What is One-on-One Therapy?

One-on-one therapy takes place between an individual and a licensed therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist. Sessions are often weekly, but some patients may require additional session each week at the beginning of the therapy process. Sessions may be guided by the therapist or the patient, depending on the purpose of the specific session. One-on-one counseling may include various types of psychotherapy, including:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – patients learn to replace destructive views and perspective with healthy ones
Interpersonal Therapy – focuses on the patient’s relationships with others
Motivational Interviewing – capitalizes on a patient’s desire and willingness to make healthy changes
Dialectical Behavior Therapy – stresses the importance of healthy, effective stress and emotion management

Benefits of One-on-One Therapy

One-on-one therapy offers numerous benefits to individuals in recovery, even beyond what group and family therapy can do. Some of those benefits include:

  • Offers a safe place to work on issues you would rather not bring up in a group
  • Provides additional time for exploring and resolving issues contributing to addiction
  • Allows you to continue working on those issues even after your treatment has ended
  • Give you the support you need to maintain your sobriety over the long haul
  • Personalized to your very specific needs, issues and concerns

Do You Need One-on-One Therapy?

One-on-one therapy is an excellent tool in the recovery process, but it is not a necessary tool for every person. Those that would benefit the most from individual counseling might include the following:

  • People that want to focus on the underlying issues that led to the addiction
  • Those who have struggled with relapse in the past
  • Individuals that are not comfortable exploring personal issues in group situations
  • People with significant emotional instability that increases risk for a relapse
  • Those that feel a relapse is a significant or imminent risk
  • People with diagnosed mental illnesses that require ongoing treatment

One-on-one therapy can be one of the most effective tools in the recovery process. Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that psychotherapy offers significant benefit to as many as 80 percent of those that participate in that treatment modality. To learn more about how one-on-one therapy works or find out if individual counseling is the right choice for you, contact Treatment Now.