Individual therapy is a broad term used to describe one-on-one therapy sessions. Therapists utilize several forms of therapy to fit their patients best. Based on the patient’s needs, they may suggest any of the following:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
In CBT, patients evaluate their behaviors and thought patterns. Cognitive behavioral therapy has proven effective for many issues like depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and more. Practitioners of CBT strive to help their patients break bad cognitive habits. Some strategies that help to improve patient’s lives may include:
- Gaining an understanding of others’ motivation and behavior
- Learning to cope with difficult situations using problem-solving skills
- Generating self-confidence regarding one’s abilities
- Learning to see how one’s thinking and behaviors can create problems
- Learning to shift thinking and behavior with a better sense of reality
Cognitive behavioral therapy assists patients in becoming their own therapists. Therapists often use homework that will encourage new healthy habits and coping skills. Thoughts are extremely powerful. Negative cognitive patterns may be life-changing. CBT ultimately helps individuals replace negative processes with healthy and positive ones. These positive behaviors go hand in hand while recovering from addiction.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy is similar to CBT. The significant difference is that in DBT, patients work to accept their negative thoughts instead of changing them. DBT is helpful for patients with challenging conditions to treat. In fact, DBT was invented to cover the limitations of cognitive behavioral therapy.
The meaning of “dialectical” refers to bringing opposite concepts together. In the realm of dialectical behavioral therapy, this often means “acceptance” and “change.” DBT is intended to bring balance to patients by building these essential skills:
- Interpersonal effectiveness
- Emotional regulation
- Distress tolerance
Ultimately, DBT helps individuals create and maintain healthy relationships. In individual substance abuse counseling, stress and emotional regulation are important aspects of addiction. We offer DBT as a form of therapy that may fit the needs of potential patients.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
It’s impossible to change the past. This is an area of recovery that is difficult for many to accept. Similar to DBT, acceptance and commitment therapy uses mindfulness as a significant aspect of therapy. This form of individual therapy helps people mainly in the area of acceptance.
The main goal of ACT is to lead individuals to move forward without letting their past negate who they are striving to become. However, it is essential to learn from the past and past experiences while not allowing it to remain the individual’s identity.