Benefits of One-on-One Therapy
Individual therapy is broadly beneficial. Its flexibility and personal focus make it applicable to everyone, even individuals who do not have a diagnosed addiction or mental health disorder. Visiting a therapist for an individual session is a productive and healthy way to unpack life’s challenges, confront difficult decisions or relieve emotional tension. As these discussion points become increasingly complex in the face of substance use disorders and other mental health concerns, one-on-one therapy becomes even more beneficial. Professional individual therapy is often necessary for the client to gain a conscious understanding of their difficulties and to find a clear path forward.
Additionally, while group therapy and support systems are widely discussed as part of long-term recovery, reconnecting with oneself in your own space is just as important as connecting with others. Indeed, it is one of the most critical components of recovery because it allows you to explore your own addiction and to feel confident in your ability to overcome it. Addiction often takes away an individual’s sense of self; you may become wrapped up in a version of yourself that needs drugs or alcohol to get through the day, and forget everything that once motivated you. You may abandon the things you once cared about, such as friends and loved ones, hobbies or a career. If this sounds familiar, one-on-one therapy will be able to help you find yourself again and get you back on track to a sober life that makes you feel happy and fulfilled.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) names individual counseling as a “critical component” of successful treatment for substance abuse and addiction. NIDA also lists a few significant benefits of talk therapy, including:
- Renewed motivation
- Building skills to resist relapse
- Replacing substance abuse with constructive sober activities
- Improving problem-solving abilities
- Improving interpersonal relationships
- Restoring ability to function in their family and community
These benefits build the foundation of a long and successful recovery. Individual therapy strengthens your belief in yourself through motivation and successful skill-building. It gives you the tools you need to feel confident in day-to-day life by managing your time and your health on your own. And it reunites you not only with yourself but also with your support system as you learn to rebuild those essential relationships with loved ones. At its core, individual therapy is focused on leading the client to a place where they realize on their own that they can confront their problems and overcome them through determination, self-acceptance and a willingness to be open with others.
One-on-one therapy provides a safe space in which you can discuss anything that you need to let out. While group therapy brings support and alternative perspectives, it is equally helpful to have time dedicated only to yourself in which you don’t need to feel any pressure from others. You can speak freely and know that your therapist is there to listen without judgment. The time spent in self-discovery will lead you to realizations that you could never anticipate — the one-on-one therapy is deeply personal, and each client benefits in innumerable different ways.
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One-on-One Therapy at Tree House Recovery
In one-on-one therapy at Tree House Recovery, clients will work closely with their dedicated therapist to address the root causes of their addiction. Our team of certified therapists and counselors all specialize in addiction recovery and have a keen understanding of how to make sure you get the most out of your therapy sessions. Together, clients and their therapist work to identify and subsequently remove the factors that predisposed the client to chemical dependency. These factors and solutions could include, for example, working through past trauma or grief, discovering a diagnosis of depression or anxiety or overcoming stressors like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship. Your background, experiences and story will inform your individual therapy sessions as your therapist helps you take your past and use it to reshape your future.
Tree House Recovery employs a variety of therapeutic interventions, and one-on-one therapy is an integral and foundational piece of our programs. Our central eight-part treatment model also includes new and innovative therapies, like fitness therapy, ABI therapy and yoga, that are designed to engage men on a holistic level. But the simple fact remains: traditional individual talk therapy is among the most proven, effective and beneficial options for treating mental health concerns of any kind, from addiction to depression to post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as co-occurring disorders. We believe strongly in the potential positive outcomes of individual therapy; therefore, every man who enters treatment at Tree House will participate in regularly scheduled one-on-one therapy sessions for the duration of their stay. Many men in our programs go on to continue attending one-on-one therapy sessions with a clinician near their home as they transition out of our full-time program. As a flexible and widely available treatment modality, individual therapy helps many individuals stay on track with their recovery in the months and years after achieving sobriety.
At Tree House Recovery’s Portland, Oregon treatment center, the key to the individual therapy process is the empathetic and safe space created by our experienced and specialized therapists. Our expert clinical team strives to foster each client’s growing understanding of himself through active listening and open, non-judgmental discourse. The resulting self-realization and awareness enable not just sustained recovery and overall wellbeing, but eventual self-mastery as well.
Tree House Recovery provides individualized, holistic treatment for men who are struggling with substance abuse or addiction to alcohol or drugs. We are located in Portland, Oregon, and welcome clients from the broader Pacific Northwest area and from across the country. We are grounded in the belief that everyone is capable of lifelong recovery, and we make it our mission to bring this capability to life through our core recovery curriculum. We promote compassion, self-reflection and a strong sense of community to create a supportive and healing environment. If you or your loved one is ready to begin their journey of recovery, contact us to find out if our programs are right for you. Call us at 503-850-2474.