What is Individual Therapy?
Therapy is a process in which you work with a therapist to ‘unstick’ some of the problematic areas in your life. In other words, often there are times in our life when we have difficulty finding solutions to our problems when things feels out of control.
The therapist acts as a coach—you are responsible to make the changes. The therapist will help you sort out some of your thoughts, and in some cases, challenge some of the thoughts that may be getting in the way of your positive, healthy changes. When working with relationships, a therapist can assist with communication, conflict skills, and trust in a safe, objective environment.
What is Couples Therapy?
Also called marriage therapy, this is relational therapy with two people in an intimate relationship who are struggling with their connection to each other. Often, the couple is trying to make a decision whether to work on the relationship or to part ways. It is not uncommon for this decision to take several sessions. Once the decision to try to work on the relationship is made, the couple works with the therapist to identify goals and implement specific strategies for change.
What is Family Therapy?
Family therapy is conducted with at least two members of a family who are struggling with relationship problems. This could be a parent and child, siblings, roommates, business colleagues, or an entire family. Similar to couples therapy, the family system works with the therapist to identify goals and implement specific strategies for change.
Note: It is not uncommon for therapy to involve several combinations of therapy to resolve certain issues. For example, one week doing individual therapy, the next week doing couple therapy. Sometimes this is done with the same therapist—at other times it may be helpful to involve another therapist.