Individual Psychotherapy Encourages Personal Growth Nd Healing

By Sherry Gross

Seeking the support and help of a dedicated psychotherapist is one of the most effective ways a patient can recover from emotional and psychological traumas and limitations. By undergoing a customized individual psychotherapy program, patients will learn new ways to gain control over these problems and experience healing of the mind and emotions. Different therapists may employ varying strategies, depending on the particular needs of each patient.

The number of sessions a patient needs differs, but typically at least eight are required to make sufficient progress. As the psychologist asks the patient questions, he or she forms a picture of the key issues that need to be addressed and the best way to go about doing this. In some cases the problem is apparent and prompts the patient to seek help, other times it is underlying and must be identified first.

The first step is to recognize the problem, examine possible causes, and finally develop a strategy that will enable the client to overcome it. While the patients need to trust the therapist's judgment, they should also be sure to bring it to the counselor's attention if at any time they feel that something simply isn't working for them, so the plan can be revised accordingly.

A strong relationship between the client and the psychologist is paramount to successful psychotherapy. There needs to be a good rapport, in order for patient to feel free to talk openly and the therapist can offer advice, which is the basis for effective therapy. Patients need to choose a therapist who is warm, honest, compassionate, patient, and who will listen with an unbiased ear consistently.

Therapy is a building process which consists of a series of steps, milestones, and a final objective which ideally the patient will have attained when the sessions are finished. Success or failure of this strategy depends largely on the patient's determination and ability to visualize his or her goals and stay focused throughout the process.

Tools that are vital to effective therapy include strategies for coping, being able to re-evaluate one's expectations of himself or herself along with life priorities, and learning to focus on personal strengths and downplay weaknesses. The therapist will help patients develop these tools, which are necessary for building a positive mindset needed for recovery.

When final session arrives, the patient now has the responsibility to start putting to use all of the valuable information he or she has acquired from the therapist over the last few weeks or months. Maintaining communication with the psychologist is advisable however, with periodic follow-up sessions being scheduled as needed, just to touch base and make sure there is no issues with relapse.

If the client has the right attitude towards it, psychotherapy can be very effective in helping him or her achieve victory over the troubling issues. In order to enjoy a positive outcome, it is ultimately up to the patient to exercise diligence, and put what they have learned to good use. The therapist is there to make suggestions, but clients must be willing to listen and act on these suggestions if they are to make progress.

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