Working with a therapist one on one can provide an opportunity to gain perspective on painful feelings and difficult issues.
A therapist may be helpful when depression, anxiety, or a major life transition (new relationship, loss of a loved one, empty nest, retirement) provides momentum for examining one’s life and making change. At such times, it may be clear that old solutions, while once adaptive, are no longer effective in resolving current problems and issues. As we understand more about how problems from the past get replicated in the present, new options open up in psychotherapy for making more rewarding choices.
Individual psychotherapy, through the development of a close trusting relationship, provides a forum for you and your therapist to work together to understand the ways in which your life has unfolded and how this has affected the pain you experience, as well as your accomplishments. This joint journey can be helpful in addressing many of the most profound questions that underlie human suffering – how past betrayal closes us off to forming intimate new connections, what it means to love, and how one can trust in the face of repeated disappointments. This work can make a difference in the quality of your life by helping you to better understand and manage painful feelings, find more satisfying relationships, and decrease the loneliness of feeling unseen and unknown.