Individual therapy, also known as one-on-one therapy or talk therapy, is a simple yet effective approach for treating substance use and mental health disorders. This idea of using conversation to unlock the deeper recesses of the mind has dominated psychological and philosophical thought for centuries. Both ancient philosophers such as Aristotle and modern psychologists were fascinated by the ways in which repressed or forgotten thoughts, feelings and experiences could be revealed by simply talking about them. They were also surprised by the beneficial effect it often had, allowing those who opened up to let go of negative emotions or stressors and develop new insight into their thoughts and behaviors.

In addiction medicine, individual therapy is used to help residents do the same. Counselors and therapists help those in recovery explore their mental health and substance use issues in-depth to gain a deeper understanding of the role that addiction has in their life. Throughout the process, residents learn how to identify harmful patterns that lie at the foundation of their substance use and develop healthy coping mechanisms for symptom management. One-on-one therapy is a collaborative process, where residents and counselors establish meaningful goals for improving their quality of life and discuss how to handle any recovery-related obstacles or challenges they may be facing.

Individual Therapy at Journey Hillside Tarzana

Meaningful connections and sincere expression

At Journey Hillside Tarzana, we believe that forming meaningful connections and sincerely expressing one’s thoughts is beneficial for those in recovery. Carrying the burden of emotional stressors is exhausting and isolating; sharing them can lift a great weight that allows residents to move forward and finally begin to heal. Meeting with a therapist one-on-one provides a safe space for clients to communicate their feelings, helping them understand their experiences and think critically about their behaviors. By discovering the harmful patterns that underlie their substance use, we can focus on solutions and develop individualized strategies for overcoming them.

To help our clients achieve lasting, sustainable recovery, individual therapy is a crucial component of our treatment programs. We have seen first-hand the difference it makes in the lives of our residents. With experienced therapists and counselors that specialize in addiction recovery, it’s our goal to ensure that clients get the most out of each session. Since no two people are the same, individual therapy is a highly personalized process tailored to each patient. An approach that was successful for one patient might not resonate with another, so our therapists employ a wide array of techniques and modalities to ensure optimal effectiveness. This makes individual therapy a versatile and valuable tool for addressing numerous concerns, such as:

Concerns addressed by individual therapy

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Grief and loss
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Obstacles to recovery
  • Challenges in daily life
  • Addiction and substance use
  • Health-related issues
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Anger management
  • Compulsive behaviors

Highly trained specialists

At Journey Hillside Tarzana, we understand that self-exploration through talk therapy can be a difficult process. To help our residents feel more comfortable about opening up, we are staffed with highly trained specialists who have dedicated their careers to improving the lives of those suffering from addiction.

You can feel confident that your therapist is ready to help you process your substance use disorder and cultivate healthy coping mechanisms. Your individual sessions are private and confidential, ensuring that your therapist will become someone you can trust who will not judge you for your thoughts, feelings or actions.

How Does Individual Therapy Work?

Highly personalized for each patient

Individual therapy is a highly personalized process that is different for every patient. Your time spent in one-on-one therapy will help you identify harmful thoughts, set treatment goals and understand the factors that have influenced past behaviors. Your therapist will provide a non-judgmental, objective perspective that will challenge your assumptions and help create the momentum you need to move forward in recovery.

Although all individuals will meet regularly with a licensed therapist or counselor, the structure of each one-on-one therapy session will differ depending on your unique goals and needs. Some of the individual therapy modalities we use include:

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on identifying and transforming negative thoughts and behaviors. CBT aims to help residents analyze problematic behaviors associated with substance use and challenge unhealthy or negative thoughts in a productive way. By gaining insight into the thoughts and feelings that influence their actions, residents can work towards solution-oriented goals for combating them and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavioral therapy is a solution-oriented technique with four essential components: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT addresses several concerns at once, helping residents identify their strengths and learn how to use them to achieve their goals. DBT helps residents recognize the need for change, combining acceptance strategies with the goal-focused techniques of CBT.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational interviewing is a technique that recognizes how difficult it is to make big life changes. Motivational interviewing helps residents overcome the fear, doubt and hesitation commonly encountered in the early stages of recovery and resolve any lingering ambivalence they may have. Oftentimes, individuals who arrive at treatment are in varying stages of readiness to commit to the process and change their behaviors. Motivational interviewing helps residents realize why they’re here and discover their motivations for taking those first steps towards recovery.

What to Expect from Individual Therapy

Your therapist may employ a variety of techniques to provide you with comprehensive treatment that addresses all possible levels of your concerns. During your sessions, you will be able to discuss the events that brought you to Journey Hillside Tarzana, critically examine your thoughts and behaviors, and explore strategies for overcoming the obstacles that have held you back from a life free of substance use.

Our expertly trained staff also offers a wide range of other experiential therapies to supplement the work you’ll do in one-on-one therapy.

Supplemental experiential therapies

At Journey Hillside Tarzana, individual therapy is a crucial component of our treatment programs. Our dedicated staff is ready to give you the tools you need to achieve positive growth and change. We are experienced in delivering proven, effective and practical techniques with compassion and understanding. With experienced therapists and counselors that specialize in addiction recovery, our standards for individual therapy are higher than the industry norm to ensure that clients get the most out of each session.

Benefits of Individual Therapy

The opportunity to work closely and privately with a therapist specializing in addiction has distinct advantages over other treatment modalities. Clients receive the one-on-one attention they need to grow, and sensitive or delicate topics can be discussed that might not be appropriate in a group setting. Individual therapy allows information to be shared without fear of judgment or unsolicited advice. The intimacy of individual therapy also benefits residents who may not feel at ease in a group. Individual therapy can help clients:

  • Gain a better understanding of themselves
  • Resolve complicated thoughts and feelings
  • Learn to recognize harmful thoughts, behaviors and patterns
  • Discuss sensitive issues in a safe, judgment-free space
  • Promote a higher degree of self-awareness
  • Discover useful coping strategies that offer a healthy approach to overcoming stressors, triggers and other difficulties
  • Make broad, lofty goals (such as sobriety) more manageable
  • Build confidence and self-esteem

Many of the benefits of one-on-one therapy can help residents achieve sustainable, long-term recovery. Individual therapy helps residents effectively manage their emotions and promotes a deeper understanding of the self, so they are better equipped to handle the stressors of recovery and daily life after treatment. At Journey Hillside Tarzana, you’ll become a part of a team of professionals dedicated to your recovery. Together, we’ll help you formulate the strategies you need to maintain healthy, sober living long after you leave our facility.

Contact Journey Hillside Tarzana

Making the decision to seek treatment for substance use is an important first step in attaining lasting sobriety. Our expert team of therapists, addiction specialists and clinicians is here to make sure you get the most out of your experience with us so you can live the happy, healthy life you deserve. If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction, contact or call Journey Hillside Tarzana in Los Angeles, California today at 833-756-8763. Find out how our specialized blend of experiential therapies, one-on-one treatment and restorative setting can help you heal from addiction.