Individual Counseling, also referred to as therapy or psychotherapy, is a collaborative partnership between you and your therapist where you will explore what gives your life meaning and what seems to get in the way of living fully. Confronting these barriers both inside and outside the counseling office and developing new behaviors and responses to life's stressors leads to increased happiness, wellbeing, and courage to be the person you really want to be.
Therapy requires your active participation. From time to time, you and your therapist will evaluate your progress and goals. An important part of your therapy will be practicing new skills that you will learn in your sessions. Your therapist may assign “homework” like exercises, journaling, or reading to deepen your learning. You will probably have to work on relationships in your life and make long-term efforts to get the best results. These are important parts of making personal changes.
How do I know if I need counseling?
If you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition such as Depression or ADHD by a physician or psychiatrist, counseling is almost always indicated. Research shows that counseling is more effective than psychotropic medication alone, and it is usually prescribed concurrently with medication. But you do not have to have a mental health diagnosis to benefit from counseling.
More and more people are benefiting from counseling for more common concerns like relationship problems, stress, life transitions, career dissatisfaction and the like. These kinds of problems may be difficult to navigate on your own and having an unbiased, objective professional to help you through it can be of great benefit. Not only do you receive support and guidance through these hard times, but you grow as a person from learning new ways to cope with life stressors, how to respond and be in relationships of all kinds. The growth that comes from tackling a problem head on transfers to other areas of your life, making you stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to handle life's inevitable storms.
What can I expect?
You will usually meet weekly with your therapist for 50 minutes. We recommend weekly sessions until you have reached a point where you are maintaining a stable and consistent pattern of behaviors that are in line with your treatment goals. At that point you and your therapist may decide to decrease the frequency of visits.
You can expect your therapist to treat you with compassion and professionalism. If he or she behaves unethically or in a manner you are uncomfortable with, you are encouraged to contact the clinical director Jiovann Carrasco, LPC-S at any time at 512-578-8070. You may also make an official complaint to the Texas LPC Board at 800-942-5540.
Some of the populations or issues addressed in individual counseling include: