Individual Counselling: One-On-One Talk Therapy

Updated September 25, 2018

Reviewer Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC


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Individual counseling is a therapy session which involves a single client who confides in a single psychiatrist, counselor, or therapist. While there are many other counseling options available including family therapy, group therapy, and child therapy, if you are involved in an individual counseling session, you are the main priority of the session.

The purpose of such therapy is to place the client in a safe environment where he or she can discuss and analyze any issues he or she may have with a trained provider.

Who can Benefit from Individual Counseling?

The reasons for utilizing individual counseling are general. That is, anyone can benefit from it regardless of their purposes. It can be from coping with grief, handling depression, psychological trauma, or even to learn more about one self. You do not need a serious excuse to see a therapist for this type of counseling, but individual counseling is not just any chat.


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Individual counseling focuses on the well-being of the individual, which is whatever the individual requires at that moment.

When You Work One-on-one

Depending on what you are looking for and why you are seeking counseling in the first place, you can have anywhere from 5 sessions or more than that over a few years.

You will be building a relationship with your therapist as you figure out who you are and what you want in your life through teamwork, communication, and expression.


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Individual counseling focuses on the well-being of the individual, which is whatever the individual requires at that moment.

When You Work One-on-one

Depending on what you are looking for and why you are seeking counseling in the first place, you can have anywhere from 5 sessions or more than that over a few years.

You will be building a relationship with your therapist as you figure out who you are and what you want in your life through teamwork, communication, and expression.


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