Treatment methods and application areas in individual psychotherapy are explained in this context.
When clients experience distress in an area that is seriously important to them, they experience mental distress and seek professional help. “ Unless the client’s psychological distress becomes unbearable, he does not have psychological distress, or he opens up to distress alone, or his psychological distress tries to overcome the problem. Most of those applying for psychotherapy have a tendency to discontinue therapy when their ailments are tolerated. Studies show that the rate of quitting therapy is 65%.
Treatment in Individual Psychotherapy
Starting and continuing Individual psychotherapy, being distressed enough and willing to change sufficiently draw attention as two factors. For the clients, the need for professional help, which is important for life such as anxiety or inconsistency, unhappiness, stress situations and the desire to find the purpose of life, creates the need for psychotherapy. Those who choose to enter the therapy process with their free will are those who have taken the biggest step and are closest to self-realization.
The role of the client is big in an Individual Psychotherapy process. It is the client, rather than the therapist, who initiates and drives the change process. Whether the therapy works or not, the active participation of the client in the healing process and the necessary effort and work for change is essential. Clients are the leading actors, not the ineffective people on whom the techniques are applied. Regardless of the school of psychotherapy, therapists offer their clients something to encourage learning and growth, they show different perspectives. Today, there is a tendency to rely more on clients’ resources for the effectiveness of therapy. We can say that the involvement of the client in the therapy process is the most important factor that makes the therapy useful.
The therapeutic effects of Individual psychotherapy also depend on the therapist and client’s acceptance and affirmation of each other. Although the therapist must show unconditional positive respect, the client’s affirmation of the therapist will facilitate the treatment by positively affecting the relationship.
In Individual psychotherapy, good results will be obtained as long as the client and the therapist can integrate. It is known that being with the therapist wholly by giving himself / herself to the client alone has the potential to heal. When client-therapist integration occurs, the possibility of transferring experiences in therapy to relationships with others increases, and these experiences can be satisfying, meaningful, promising, instructive and transformative. An effective therapist focuses on the client’s problems, attaches importance to his affect, helps the client focus on their awareness.
In therapies, clients are believed to be people who can make constructive change and have their own resources. The freedom and autonomy of the clients are supported when determining how to achieve their goals. If an interpersonal environment with sufficient empathy, acceptance and consistency is achieved in the Individual psychotherapy process, the tendency to self-actualize in the clients will emerge and treatment will be realized. In this context, we can say that the therapist is someone who facilitates the client to mobilize his / her existing resources and potential for change.
Every client and every Individual psychotherapy journey is unique. Although their problems are similar, each client will need different things and benefit from different things at different times. Instead of guiding the client with standard approaches, a treatment process created by the therapist and the client together will be more beneficial. Here, it is important for the therapist to be open to learning and to be able to determine what the client needs or what will be efficient in which situation.
In order to achieve positive therapy results, create therapeutic cooperation with the client, and activate the client’s interpersonal and internal learning processes, the therapist must understand the subjective reality of the client and convey this to the client in an empathetic manner. Empathic transference has a therapeutic effect in all therapies. Feeling understood is one of the most relaxing experiences for a person.
The therapists achieve as much success as they can themselves in the Individual psychotherapy process. The therapist, who sincerely expresses some of his aspects, the client will recognize and trust him as a person. This, in turn, enables clients to share and be more themselves, a big step towards treatment.
In individual psychotherapies, it is necessary to focus on the strong emotional experiences of the client and encourage him to pay attention to these experiences and to process them. Positive therapy outcomes will be obtained when emotions and experiences felt in the body are processed effectively.
Certain characteristics, attitudes and behaviors of the psychotherapist are very effective on the clients. They play an important role in making constructive therapeutic changes occur. When a good therapist presents the things that are most important to the client (such as feeling supported, encouragement, motivation) and makes this perceived, great progress is made in treatment.