HOW DOES INDIVIDUAL THERAPY WORK?
Highly personalized for each patient
Individual therapy is a highly personalized process that is different for every patient. Your time spent in one-on-one therapy will help you identify harmful thoughts, set treatment goals and understand the factors that have influenced past behaviors. Your therapist will provide a non-judgmental, objective perspective that will challenge your assumptions and help create the momentum you need to move forward in recovery.
Although all individuals will meet regularly with a licensed therapist or counselor, the structure of each one-on-one therapy session will differ depending on your unique goals and needs. Some of the individual therapy modalities we use include:
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on identifying and transforming negative thoughts and behaviors. CBT aims to help residents analyze problematic behaviors associated with substance use and challenge unhealthy or negative thoughts in a productive way. By gaining insight into the thoughts and feelings that influence their actions, residents can work towards solution-oriented goals for combating them and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (DBT)
Dialectical behavioral therapy is a solution-oriented technique with four essential components: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT addresses several concerns at once, helping residents identify their strengths and learn how to use them to achieve their goals. DBT helps residents recognize the need for change, combining acceptance strategies with the goal-focused techniques of CBT.
MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING (MI)
Motivational interviewing is a technique that recognizes how difficult it is to make big life changes. Motivational interviewing helps residents overcome the fear, doubt and hesitation commonly encountered in the early stages of recovery and resolve any lingering ambivalence they may have. Oftentimes, individuals who arrive at treatment are in varying stages of readiness to commit to the process and change their behaviors. Motivational interviewing helps residents realize why they’re here and discover their motivations for taking those first steps towards recovery.