Jonathan Levy LCSW explains individual psychotherapy
Updated: May 22, 2019
Individual psychotherapy is the one-on-one work between a therapist and a client. There are many different styles of therapy, but all of them center around helping the client reach his or her goals. This is a unique relationship, in that it is strictly confidential and provides you an opportunity to be completely honest with yourself and another person. It is almost inevitable for a new client to fear judgment or rejection, particularly when you are being so open, but it’s not the role of the therapist to criticize or lecture you. Therapists are there to support you and help you reach your goals.
Individual therapy has been shown to improve mood and self-esteem. In fact, studies show that talk therapy, the process of developing a relationship with a licensed mental health professional to work through emotions, thoughts, disappointments, and experiences can be even more effective than medication in treating depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
It is crucial that you feel comfort and a connection with your individual therapist. In fact, a good alliance with your therapist is the greatest determining factor in whether therapy will be helpful. If you have questions or concerns during your appointments, you are strongly encouraged to share them openly. If you find that you don’t feel comfortable with a particular therapist after sharing your concerns, you should feel empowered to stop your sessions and seek someone who may be a better fit. Jonathan Levy LCSW actually provides tips on how to find the right therapist and then how to pick them.
Individual psychotherapy with an experienced Chicago therapist like Jonathan Levy LCSW can treat:
Loss and Mourning
Loss of job
Depression – Feeling down or “blah”, mood disorders
Self Esteem – Self-doubt, wondering “Am I good enough?”
Life Changes/Transitions – job change; birth of a child; moving; divorce; being single; worried about not getting married or having children; fear of dating, rejection, and commitment
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