Individual therapy is when a therapist or psychologist meets with you to help you overcome obstacles to your well-being. It can increase your compassion and self-esteem as you learn skills for making healthy decisions and handling difficult situations. Many people enjoy the journey of becoming more self-aware, and continue ongoing therapy for self-growth and reaching life goals. Remember that, although your therapist may be directing the conversation and the sessions, you are the one in control.
The length of each session varies widely, depending on what you and your therapist agree to. To make sure all aspects of the problem have been addressed, it usually takes at least eight sessions, but can be more or less depending on the complexity of the issues.
The first session will often involve you and your therapist getting to know each other through discussion, asking and answering questions about you such as your past experiences, your family, job, and friends. Once you and your therapist have both developed an awareness of the situation, you work together to determine potential solutions, possibly involving a course of treatment or working at a program.