What Are the Advantages of Individual Counseling?
Updated: Apr 18
Individual counseling services are an effective investment in yourself and your mental health. According to the National Register of Health Services Psychologists,
"3,000 scientific studies and 300 summaries of studies underscore the consistent and positive effects of psychotherapy. Psychological therapies are effective across all ages, ranging from children to adults to older adults, and across settings ranging from independent practices to community centers to day hospitals. Psychotherapy clearly works with different people in many different settings. The average client receiving psychotherapy is better off than 79% of clients who do not seek treatment."
Depending on the reason you're going to a counselor, you could start seeing positive results within the first few months of regular visits. Here are some benefits you might experience.
Benefits of Individual Counseling
Privacy and Confidentiality
Since individual counseling services are required to be confidential, and they're in a one-on-one format, you can expect privacy and confidentiality from every one of your sessions. People who are experiencing depression after a friend, partner, or family member has broken their trust or betrayed one of their secrets find it especially helpful to talk to someone who won't tell anyone about their life, their struggles, or their feelings.
A New Perspective
There's nothing wrong with talking to friends and family if you feel panicked, stressed, or anxious. Friends and family are invaluable supports. But if you've talked to the same people in your life for a long time, you may feel you get the same advice from a subjective point of view. When you need a new perspective, individual counseling offers that clean slate. Talking to a therapist can give you the fresh start you've been looking for.
A Compassionate Approach
If you’ve never been to therapy before, you might be afraid your therapist will judge you or be harsh with you regarding your choices. But the truth is, individual counseling techniques are focused on learning, not shame.
Rather than tell you what to do or judge you, your counselor is there to be a guide and support as you develop a healthier outlook on yourself, the challenges in your life, and the relationships you have with people close to you.
A Path to More Complete Care
Counseling is extremely helpful for many people. And there's an even greater potential for healing if you're working with a team committed to your holistic health. When you work with The Collective for counseling services, you're choosing a holistic behavioral health approach.
There are more options (medication, health coaching, group counseling, and nutrition services) that you could explore along your path to greater well-being. Each of these options, or a combination of them, could complement the benefits of individual counseling to help you feel better for a longer period than any one of these services alone.
Based in Denver, CO, The Collective provides individual counseling for adults and young professionals. We are committed to exploring multiple options and consider you an active guide and participant in your mental health care and personal growth. If you're interested in learning more about our individual counseling services, contact The Collective today to answer a few basic questions about yourself and your goals. From there, we'll develop a personalized approach to help you experience the benefits of prioritizing your mental health and overall well-being.