Individual psychotherapy involves regularly scheduled sessions between the patient and a mental health professional. The goal of this treatment is to help individuals understand why they are acting and thinking in ways that are troubling or dangerous to themselves (or others). This allows a person to have more control over their behaviors and to change these behaviors when possible.
Talk-therapy sessions may focus on a person’s current or past problems, experiences, thoughts, feelings, or relationships. By sharing their experiences with a trained, knowledgeable, and understanding person, individuals with mental illnesses may gradually understand more about themselves and the problems they are facing.
Individual psychotherapy is used successfully to treat emotional, behavioral, and social problems in people with mood disorders, ADHD, depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses.