Individual psychotherapy is a professional relationship intended to help patients alleviate symptoms, increase self-awareness, and improve well-being. Clinicians utilize various techniques to help improve a patient’s cognitive, emotional, and spiritual health. A wide variety of practitioners with various qualifications and certifications (e.g., psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, social workers, & psychiatrists) can provide psychotherapy.
As a psychologist, I specialize in providing individual psychotherapy. People come to individual psychotherapy to talk about their lives and difficulties they may be having. People often experience psychotherapy as a safe relationship where they can share their deepest feelings and thoughts without fear of judgment. As the therapeutic alliance develops, the therapy relationship can provide a framework where healing takes place. While the past does not change, within the therapy relationship, the meaning of the past changes.