I found the homework exercises to be very helpful to me. I’ve been able to use techniques I have learned from those exercises to slow down my thoughts when problems arise and work through whatever the issue may be, OCD or otherwise.
What is Individual Therapy?
Individual therapy is one type of psychotherapy in which clients work one-on one with a therapist in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment. It is an effective treatment for various mental health concerns, including anxiety-related conditions, stress, low self-esteem, and depression.
In general, individual therapy allows individuals to talk through and explore thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and situations with a trained professional, such as marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, professional clinical counselors, psychologists, or associates working toward those licenses.
Individual therapy may encompass many psychotherapy approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Our therapists specialize in CBT interventions for children ages four and up, teenagers, and adults of all ages. Using an approach informed by evidence-based treatments, our goal is to identify unhealthy thought patterns to develop ways of thinking that will produce healthier behaviors and beliefs and significantly improve the way you feel.
How Are Therapy Goals, Frequency, and Duration Determined?
Individual therapy aims to relieve emotional distress to help clients live more psychologically healthy lives. Therapy at Palo Alto Therapy is collaborative and results-oriented – you and your therapist will work together to create a personalized treatment plan and achieve your specific goals.
The frequency and duration of individual therapy required varies. Therapy may be short-term or long-term, depending on your individual needs and feelings. While CBT is generally considered short-term therapy, every individual is unique. Hence, the frequency and duration depend on your situation and your therapist’s recommendations.
The first session, an intake session, is longer than a typical session. Most therapists spend the first session asking questions to get a feel of your background, current and past emotional health, therapy goals, and address any questions or concerns regarding therapy. After the intake session, ongoing sessions are typically 45 to 60 minutes. However, some individuals greatly benefit from sessions longer than 60 minutes.
When Does Therapy End?
Therapy has two goals: feeling better and getting better. Feeling better means overcoming the symptoms that brought you to therapy, and getting better means learning the tools to manage your symptoms.
Once you have achieved your therapy goals, you will no longer need to see your therapist.
Before ending therapy, you are encouraged to have at least one final session, so you and your therapist have an opportunity to review relapse prevention techniques. If you ever need a tune-up session in the future, you are also welcome back to schedule a session with your therapist.
Get Started Today
To book an appointment or free 15-minute consultation, call (650) 461-9026 or text us at (650) 461-9026 , email us at email@example.com, or book an appointment here. Our amazing care coordinators are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm, and Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm to listen to you and determine which therapist would be the best fit.
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At Palo Alto Therapy, we specialize in helping you overcome all types of anxiety problems. We are knowledgeable, warm, and patient, creating tangible results with techniques that are based on evidence & research. Your relief can be achieved without long-term counseling.
Recognizing Good Therapy
Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we provide effective & caring counseling. Our therapists are passionate in delivering high-quality therapy & enhance their skills through the latest trainings.
Our relationship with you is valued & of highest importance. We are compassionate, respectful, & honest. Our professional counseling includes working side by side with you towards YOUR goals.
Short-Term & Focused
Our active therapists use tailored homework exercises to help you find relief in a timely manner. By keeping our meetings on track & targeting specific concerns we help you enjoy life again, usually in a matter of months not years.
Appointments after 5pm & Saturdays, friendly administrative staff & two locations: Palo Alto & San Jose. We help children, teens & adults, couples, & families and offer classes & therapy groups. Video therapy available!
What Our Clients Are Saying…
I liked the emphasis on doing concrete things to get results-writing down negative thoughts, trying to say things to counter those thoughts…Thank you for helping me make my life better.
What Our Clients Are Saying…
Palo Alto Therapy does not just provide talk therapy, but focuses on teaching skills to maintain therapy. You have a genuine interest in the client’s well-being and you offered a new way of thinking about or means of addressing my issues.