Imagine having someone to talk to about things that have been bothering you, perhaps for years. Imagine that you have that person’s undivided attention. And imagine that that someone isn’t a friend, so you don’t have to reciprocate. Imagine that the spotlight gets to be on you for a change, and you don’t need to take care of anyone else for the entire session. This is your time. Can you imagine yourself deserving this time?
That’s what individual counseling is all about. Going to therapy is not like talking to a friend. You do not have to censor your thoughts or your speech. You do not have to protect your therapist from what you really feel. You get to spend 50 minutes of time (perhaps once a week, possibly more or less, depending on your situation) focusing exclusively on you.
A therapist has been trained to listen attentively and non-judgmentally. A therapist has a great deal of experience in studying human nature and predicaments, and is able to offer you ideas that you may not have considered before. A therapist also is trained to empower you to find your own insights and voice.
Your time in one-on-one therapy is all about you and your growth. Not about your kids or your boss or your spouse or your parent or your lover. This time is just for you, to hear yourself think, and to support you in becoming the best “you” you can be!