The Benefits of Individual Counseling And How To Find A Therapist

Updated December 6, 2022 by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Humans are naturally social creatures, so talking and communicating with others is one of the primary methods we have for processing our thoughts. We don't always feel comfortable talking to the people in our lives, though. When we're feeling overwhelmed, our emotions, worries, and stresses can seem like too much to unload on a friend or an acquaintance. That's where talk therapy can help. One-on-one therapy allows you to speak to someone in confidence. A professional counselor can respond to your concerns objectively, offer a comforting word, and give you sound advice to help you live a better life. Read on to learn how one-on-one talk therapy can support you.

Need To Talk To Someone One-On-One?

Every day, millions of people seek the help of therapists. These people may seek help for issues ranging from the mundane to the extreme. One-on-one talk therapy is the most popular form of therapy used to deal with these issues. The widespread usage and popularity of this form of therapy means that the modern therapist has a vast array of methods and techniques to help you change the way you think and feel.

Meeting with a therapist one-on-one allows the therapist to give you custom and specific attention that isn't possible in a group setting. While group settings have their merits, especially for people who need a community while they recover from some form of trauma or addiction, individual therapy can be optimized for almost any need. The therapist will generally set specific goals and objectives to guide you through treatment.

Depending on what you're looking for and why you're seeking counseling, you might have one session (though most people have at least five sessions), or you might attend weekly sessions for months or even years in some cases. It's completely dependent on your personal needs, your situation, and the effectiveness of the treatment.

Who Can Benefit from Individual Counseling?

Individual counseling is tailored to the specific needs of the individual, which means it can be beneficial to almost anyone. An individual's current needs will dictate the treatment plan, though this could change over the course of therapy. Whether you're coping with grief or psychological trauma, experiencing depression or career dissatisfaction, or simply seeking to improve your general outlook, individual counseling can provide some form of healing. Along the way, the therapist will likely identify unhealthy behavioral patterns you may not even be aware of, so therapy can help you grow as a person, too.

Individual therapy is different from talking with a friend or family about your personal problems. While loved ones may offer advice, they're rarely objective and aren't trained to evaluate various elements of trauma and pain. And unlike friends and family, a therapist is bound by an agreement. This can help you feel safe during your counseling session, so you can build a trusting relationship with your therapist while you figure out who you are and what you want in your life. That's where real change happens. In fact, the effects of talk therapy are so profound that evidence suggests it can even affect the structure of the brain.

Common Methods For Finding One-On-One Talk Therapists

For therapy to be effective, it's important that you find a therapist you feel comfortable with. That's why it's not uncommon for people to switch therapists a few times before landing on one they prefer. In the beginning, it’s advisable to give your therapist a chance and tell them clearly what you need. Then, get to know them and their style of counseling. The more comfortable you are talking to your therapist, the more successful your sessions will be.  Below, you'll find three common methods for locating specialists.

Call A Local University Or Large Clinic

A university or a receptionist at a large clinic can often refer you to specialists in your area. This is a solid place to start if you're looking for a list of names to consider and/or are new to an area.

Look For Insurance Plan Databases

Many insurance plan providers maintain easy-to-list databases. A quick search will provide you with a list of names based on location and specialty.

Get A Referral From Another Health Care Provider

One of the most effective ways to find help is to get referrals from other health providers, especially when you need someone with a specific area of expertise. Therefore, you may want to be evaluated by your primary care physician, so they can point you in the right direction.

Consider Online Therapy

Despite the many benefits of individual counseling, many people hesitate to take advantage of this service. Perhaps because of how busy our modern lives have become, it’s simply too time-consuming to commute to a therapist’s office, even one in your area. 

That’s where online counseling provides an advantage. With remote therapy services, you can get a trained mental health professional from your home or office, wherever it’s most convenient for you. All you need is an internet connection. 

BetterHelp provides an easy and simple way to receive individual counseling online. On their platform, you'll be able to connect with a variety of counselors with diverse specialties. Plus, they offer many ways to communicate with your counselor from the comfort of your own home, including in-app messaging, phone, and video sessions.

Since the advent of telehealth services like online mental health services, there has been much research regarding its effectiveness. Many studies are yielding encouraging results. In fact, an important meta-analysis found that online teletherapy services are just as effective as in-person therapy. 

Each BetterHelp counselor is a licensed professional who can work with you on your own terms. Read below for some reviews of BetterHelp counselors from people experiencing a range of life's challenges.

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Counselor Reviews

"Gerry is an excellent therapist! He is easy to talk to and is extremely knowledgeable about many aspects of mental health. I never leave a session without learning something about myself and my behaviors. Gerry is truthful and asks questions that really get to the core of issues that impact my life. I highly recommend choosing Gerry Watson as your therapist!"

"In the short span of 9 months, Shonnie has become like one of my best friends. At first, I was skeptical of doing therapy since I'm very "psychologically healthy". A few challenges in my personal life lead me to try therapy for a month. Now I consider it an important part of my growth as a businessman and leader within my community. Thank you Shonnie for being so helpful during the recent difficulties; I am very lucky to have found you!"


Sometimes we just need to talk to someone who knows how to listen. Finding the right counselor, either through your own research or an online platform like BetterHelp, can have a significant impact on your life. A better outlook may only be a few calls away. Take the first step today.

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