Seattle Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a one-on-one approach to psychotherapy. During your sessions, you work directly with your therapist in a safe, open, caring environment where everything that comes up is kept confidential and private. You will be invited to explore your feelings, behaviors, and beliefs, and together we will work through your challenges to improve your quality and enjoyment of life.

 

If your difficulties center around a close relationship, relationship counseling could be beneficial, but this is something we can decide together as the individual work progresses.

 

If you are feeling stuck for any reason, or if you are facing specific obstacles, individual therapy can help you identify situations in your past that may have led you to this point. In some cases, you may not even realize the impact that certain events from your past had on you. Individual therapy can help you recognize those dynamics and understand overall patterns, and together we will develop strategies you can use to stop them from controlling your life. Most importantly, individual therapy can help you to see more clearly what is going on with you right now—and how to move forward.

“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no one recipe for living that suits all cases.” —Carl Jung
HOW DOES INDIVIDUAL THERAPY WORK?

Though it is called Individual Therapy, there are two people involved: you, and your therapist. As your therapists, we partner with you. Rather than sitting idly by as you talk about your issues, we are active participants in your personal work. The Anchor Light approach is results-and-action oriented; we will always seek to provide you with tools you can use immediately to overcome your challenges.

 

In our practice, we offer both short term and longer-term therapeutic interventions. We tend to apply different modalities based on individual needs. This approach ensures that your therapy is designed especially for you, with your goals in mind.

 

The route we ultimately decide to take will require some discussion about your past. Though this may be difficult, we need to understand your journey, and what has brought you to where you are today. It is a process of understanding, and it isn’t always accomplished quickly—but we want you to know that everything that we do is to support you in reaching your goals.

 

For example, we will not spend years talking about your parents if that is not part of your goal. Instead, we will work to move through the chaos and clutter in your mind so that you can focus on what is truly meaningful to you. In our experience, this is the approach that best supports you in moving closer to the life you desire.

WHAT CAN INDIVIDUAL THERAPY HELP WITH?

Busy lives, uncertain futures, anxiety, stress, and the unique pressures of this modern world can impact you in any number of ways. You may feel overwhelmed and at a loss about how to move forward. You may feel overly tired, and uninterested in the things that usually spark happiness for you. You may struggle with a lack of confidence or feelings of low self-worth. It can be hard to meet commitments at work and at home. You may have come to a point where all of the comparing, striving, and self-analyzing has you feeling burned out and unproductive. 

 

In working together to apply the best approach for you, we can help you overcome these kinds of concerns:

Depression

 

Anxiety

 

Stress

 

Eating disorders

 

Anger issues

 

Relationship problems

 

Marriage issues, such as separation or divorce

 

Addiction and substance abuse

 

Abuse

 

Trauma

 

Family issues

 

Sleep disorders like insomnia

 

Sexuality

 

And so much more

WHAT DOES INDIVIDUAL THERAPY ACTUALLY DO?

Therapy may stir up some powerful emotions, and this is something to be expected. During your sessions, you may become angry, emotional, or sad. But, as we work through your challenges, you will gradually feel more comfortable talking about your feelings, your emotions, your habits, your patterns, and your hopes and dreams.

 

We may occasionally assign “homework” for you to do in between sessions. These exercises are meant to help you develop a different way of thinking about how you approach certain situations. In any case, if you are willing to do the work, the effort you put in will yield results.

 

Some of the potential outcomes of individual therapy include:

Increased insights about your life
and patterns of unwanted behavior

 

Recovery from past trauma; a feeling
of being full-circle or having closure

 

Learning to cope with or manage patterns
of anxiety, depression, self-criticism, and other
toxic thoughts and emotions

 

Uncover the underlying causes
of difficult emotions

 

Improved relationships

 

A feeling of everyday
empowerment and acceptance

 

Increased confidence, self-worth,
and self-esteem

HOW LONG DOES THERAPY TAKE?

Individual therapy sessions are anywhere from one hour to 90 minutes in duration. Your appointment frequency depends on several factors, from the severity of your concerns, to how quickly your situation improves, to your financial circumstances.

 

While some concerns can be resolved in just a few sessions, you can’t expect to reverse a lifetime of trauma in a short period of time. In some cases, it may take several months or even years to reach your ultimate goal. If you are committed to change, and if we both feel that you are making progress, consistency is essential.

 

You may well notice that symptoms are lessened as time goes by. Sometimes this can occur very quickly, giving you immediate relief from your troubles. However, staying the course and doing the work outside our sessions will lead to sustained results and a lasting ability to adapt therapeutic strategies to your daily routine. Patience, perseverance, and trust are essential for long-term success.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers, Ph.D.
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