Individual TherapySubstance Abuse Treatment
What Is Individual Therapy?
Freeman Recovery Center was formed with the mission to provide one-of-a-kind treatment to every individual who enters our facility. The individual counseling process involves a helping relationship between visitors and our expert therapists. These relationships are one of the important pieces of what makes our counseling services successful. The therapists at our center assist individuals through the process of expressing emotions, solving personal problems, and understanding oneself better. Our staff also is available to offer continual support and resources. Freeman has several psychotherapists on contract in addition to ILF accredited recovery coaches.
Our staff at Freeman Recovery Center values individual attention during the addiction treatment process. Individual therapy allows our expert staff to form meaningful connections with every visitor that enters our center. We believe there is no universal treatment for drug and alcohol addiction—and that is why we are confident in our individualized treatment strategy.
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Benefits From Counseling
Counseling is a useful tool that reaps benefits for almost anyone. There is no problem too big or too small. Wondering if counseling is for you? Listed below are just a few examples of topics that we cover at our drug and alcohol addiction facility:
- Symptoms of stress anxiety or depression
- Interpersonal difficulties, family problems, problems with assertiveness, etc.
- Bereavement and grief related to the loss of a loved one (i.e. relationship breakups, deaths, parental divorce, and other major losses)
- Questions/confusion about identity, self-image, sexuality, gender, and religious concerns
- Concerns about body image, food, eating, or weight, as well as treatment for eating disorders
- Experience with sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, abuse, or other trauma
- Thoughts of suicide, death, or hurting others
- Harmful behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse or cutting
When To Seek Counseling?
It can be difficult to take the next steps to enroll in a counseling program. If any of the above statements resonate with you—counseling is a beneficial option to consider. Here are a few conditions under which one could deeply benefit from counseling services:
- You are unhappy on most days or feel a sense of hopelessness
- You worry excessively or are constantly on edge
- You are unable to concentrate on your schoolwork or other activities
- You are unable to sleep at night or are constantly feeling tired
- You have experienced a change in your appetite or your weight
- You have experienced a loss (e.g., a relationship breakup, a parent’s death, etc.)
- You have increased your use of alcohol or other drugs (including cigarettes)
- You feel overwhelmed b what is going on in your life
- You are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else
What Is Individual Counseling Like?
Enrolling in a counseling program can be extremely intimidating. You may be thinking—What questions will the therapist ask? Is this really going to work? What is expected of me? It’s okay to have these questions and concerns—but here is some insight on what to expect. In the first session, the counselor asks a variety of questions about you, your life, and what is bothering you. This discussion will help the counselor understand you and your concerns. This in turn, allows the counselor to make an accurate initial assessment of your life situation and circumstances. Your later sessions will typically be less structured than the initial session. Moving forward, you will work to meet independent goals to overcome our personal conditions.
What Will My Counselor Expect Of Me?
Counselors will expect you to participate in sessions and contribute to the overall counseling process. It is okay to go to a counselor primarily for support. Walking in the door for the first time—you do not need to be ready to make changes. However, it is helpful if you are at least willing to explore with the counselor what is concerning you and what you would like to be different about your life. Expert counselors want to help you explore both your thoughts and feelings—but if you are uncomfortable discussing feelings or not accustomed to talking about them, by all means, share this information with them. The more a counselor knows about where you are, the better he or she will be able to help you.
When Is Counseling Effective?
Different counselors vary in their approaches and beliefs when it comes to individual counseling; however, they will all be focused on helping you deal with the problems that brought you in. Counselors will expect you to come prepared to talk about what is bothering you, to be open about your thoughts and feelings, and to discuss ways you can address your concerns. Experts certainly cannot fix your problems or force you to change, but an experienced counselor will be skilled at helping you figure out what you want to do and will detail concrete steps that will move you forward.