Individual counseling is the cornerstone of any family therapy program. The family system relies on the well-being of the individual. Without a healthy and happy individual, the family system has no foundation and risks destabilizing. By addressing problems on an individual level, families can work their way up from the bottom to address larger, more structural issues.
Talk Therapy and Individual Counseling
When your family system is struggling, every individual has many thoughts and feelings about the situation. In a group or family setting, it’s difficult to address each individual’s needs. An individual counseling program gives everyone the space and time they need to work out their thoughts before they begin discussing familial problems.
Individual counseling is also extremely beneficial for someone who is simply having a difficult time coping with a situation or crisis. The loss of a loved one, change in the family structure, or major life transition can all be difficult to process for a person. At Petersen Family Counseling, our individual counseling program allows a patient to understand themselves better and then find support in their communities. Furthermore, this solution-based approach to counseling helps individuals experience a lasting impact on their mental health and well-being.
Counseling for Mental Health and Addiction
Individual counseling also gives patients a chance to focus on themselves. In the midst of a family crisis, it can be hard to see symptoms of your own mental illness or substance use disorder. Our individual counseling program encourages patients to identify their own maladaptive coping mechanisms or unhealthy thoughts and then helps them recognize the steps they need to take to improve.
The signs of mental illness and substance use disorder may be difficult to spot. This is especially true if a person is extremely good at concealing their feelings. However, recognizing these signs is essential for helping yourself or a loved one identify a mental illness and begin planning recovery:
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Poor performance at work or school
- Mood swings
- Loss of interest in hobbies or pastimes
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Extreme fatigue or lethargy
While symptoms of a mental health disorder will vary depending on the situation, any behavioral, social, or emotional changes you notice in yourself or a loved one are worth noting. In individual counseling, a professional therapist can discuss these symptoms, their causes, and how to manage them.
Individual Counseling Program with Petersen Family Counseling
At Petersen Family Counseling, our certified team of therapists is ready to work with you and your family to overcome any circumstances you’re facing. We offer solutions-based approaches to counseling that help your family take the steps they need to overcome a crisis and restabilize. In addition to our individual counseling program, we offer other addiction therapy services and family counseling services, including:
Finally, if you or someone you love needs individual therapy, then call Petersen Family Counseling today at 720.541.6289. Don’t wait another day to rebuild and restructure your life.