What is individual counseling?
Individual counseling is a process through which a person works one-on-one with a trained counselor in a safe, caring, non-judgmental, and confidential environment. The counselor will work with you to:
- explore your feelings, beliefs, and behaviors,
- examine challenging or influential memories,
- identify areas you would like to change,
- obtain a better understanding of yourself and your relationship with others,
- set personal goals,
- work toward the desired change.
Why seek individual counseling?
The reasons for seeking counseling can include:
- dealing with anxiety or depression,
- learning to manage stress,
- coping with major life challenges,
- overcoming trauma,
- gaining a better self-knowledge,
- setting goals for personal growth.
The length of time you work with a counselor can vary. You may have as few as five sessions work through deeper issues over the course of several years. The time will depend on your unique needs and personal goals for counseling.
How do I get started?
When you call the center to schedule your first appointment, you will be asked to provide some initial information to help us evaluate if Living Hope is the right place for you and what counselor would best fit your needs. Once we decide you are a good fit for Living Hope, your assigned counselor will set up a one-hour evaluation session where you will build rapport and provide some background information to help the counselor understand why you are seeking counseling.
At the end of the first session, you and your counselor will decide whether continuing therapy with the assigned counselor is the right option. If you mutually agree that continuing the counseling relationship is in your best interest, then you will decide together on a mutually-agreeable time slot and schedule of future sessions. At the second appointment, you will begin working toward achieving the goals you set with your counselor.