Often referred to as “psychotherapy” or “counseling,” individual therapy is a method through which clients work one-on-one with a trained professional in a safe and caring environment in order to discover their feelings, or behaviors, work through difficult or critical memories, concentrate on aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
Individual therapy is based on the principle that speaking and listening can alleviate human psychological suffering. The duration of the sessions can vary from short term to long term, lasting less than a year or lasting up to several years. However it all depends on your own desire to change or understand your problem. Therefore it is important that you are comfortable and happy with your therapist and that you feel that you are in a safe and supportive environment, as you are going to talk about difficult feelings, thoughts or experiences. The key to your recovery is communication, as by doing this you will be able to process what you have been through and gain a better understanding of yourself, situations or others.
Clients pursue individual therapy for many different reasons, from coping with childhood trauma or major life changes, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply yearning for personal growth.With individual therapy, you will also learn on how to deal with problems or issues within your life as your therapist will be helping you to identify coping mechanisms, develop problem-solving skills, rearrange your expectations and priorities, identify personal strengths and on how to focus on what is important.
Dr. George Sachs is trained in Gestalt Therapy. Gestalt therapy focuses on the here-and-now experience and encourages client to take personal responsibility for their actions and lives. While other forms of treatment look back into a client’s history, Gestalt therapy focuses on the current moment. Rather than forming “interpretations” as to the problem, Dr. Sachs helps the client stay in the present and become more fully aware of their feelings and emotions. The goals of Gestalt Therapy are to support the client in becoming free from the self-created roadblocks which impact happiness and healthy development. The key ingredient in Gestalt therapy is the relationship between client and therapist that is developed and nurtured over the course of therapy.Gestalt therapy also helps clients gain a better understanding of how their emotional and physical bodies are connected. Understanding the internal self is the key to understanding actions, reactions and behaviors. Gestalt therapy helps a client take the first step into this awareness so that they can acknowledge and accept these patterns. Through a journey of self-discovery, this form of therapy also empowers a client with the skills necessary to face stressful situations. The answers lie within us all, and this wisdom helps each of us become more accepting of ourselves and others, which carries over into our communication, decisions and relationships. People who participate in gestalt therapy feel more self-confident, calm and at peace. Gestalt therapy is an effective approach for managing tension, depression, anxiety, addiction, post-traumatic stress and other psychological challenges that prevent people from achieving a free and fulfilling life. — Goodtherapy.org