There are many occasions during the course of a lifetime when a person may benefit from participating in individual therapy.
Individual therapy is the treatment of choice, sometimes in conjunction with medication, for mental or emotional conditions such as depression, anxiety, chemical dependency, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, or any number of other serious psychological issues.
However, most participants in individual therapy do not have serious mental illness, but instead are coping with relatively common life adjustment tasks. These include the loss of a loved one, conflict with a significant other, challenges with a child (or a parent), vocational or educational problems, or any other source of distress or challenge.
Finally, many people who engage in individual therapy are quite healthy, yet seek new understanding, an outlet for emotional expression, or other aspects of personal growth.
Individual therapy takes place one-on-one, between a therapist and a client. The focus is on individual issues, although these are certainly not outside the context of relationships with others or with other elements of a person’s environment.