Individualised therapy is personalized therapy between the client and one therapist. The confidentiality of this relationship ensures that only the therapist and their client are aware of the full content of the session. It may take time depending on the nature of the problem to build trust and safety for the client to feel ready to explore more difficult concerns.
Individual therapy may for some people consist of learning new strategies and ways of thinking to respond differently to long-standing patterns of behavior and reactions. This may involve less emphasis on the relationship with the therapist and more on treating the symptoms. (See types of therapy). Longer standing difficulties such as family of origin, trauma may need therapy over an extended period of time as the client may not be fully aware of all of the issues and it is through the therapeutic relationship that the clients awareness will grow. Individual therapy is not necessarily about receiving advice but being equipped with increased self-awareness to make the changes and choices that you may want to make.