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Psychotherapy in Atlanta, GA

Written By: Erika Dalton, LCSW
Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Rahul Gupta, MD
Last Updated: April 2, 2024

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What Is Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy, also called “talk therapy,” is a type of psychotherapy where you work through personal issues that affect your mental and emotional health. During individual therapy, you work one-on-one with a licensed mental health professional about issues that might be too personal to share during group sessions. 

In addition, individual therapy sessions can help you build the confidence to share more with peers and loved ones. As you work through personal issues, you can rebuild past relationships with loved ones and build trust in new relationships. And, you learn to rebuild the most important relationship in your life—the one you have with yourself.

Individual therapy sessions can help you with the following:

  • Changing unhealthy thought patterns and beliefs
  • Identifying relapse triggers
  • Boosting confidence and self-esteem
  • Building and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Processing personal issues, like grief and trauma
  • Improving emotional regulation and impulse control
  • Finding coping skills that work for you
  • Understanding yourself and your past 

While you will primarily meet with only you and your therapist during sessions, family members or other loved ones might join occasionally if this is relevant to your treatment goals. Our psychotherapy in Atlanta provides different types to help you hone in on what is most important to you.

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What To Expect During Individual Therapy?

Our individual psychotherapy in Atlanta provides a safe and secure place for you to share personal struggles with a licensed professional. This can help you focus on issues you might not be willing to discuss in a group setting. Our therapists use evidence-based techniques to help you achieve your treatment goals.

At first, you and your therapist will work on building trust and rapport. During the first few sessions, your therapist will ask about your presenting concerns, personal history, past experience in therapy, and anything else pertinent to your future sessions.

Once your therapist understands more about you, you can create a treatment plan to address underlying issues. This will include creating therapy goals and ways to measure progress during sessions. In addition, your therapist will give you things to work on between sessions.

Lastly, you can expect confidentiality and privacy during your sessions. Psychotherapy notes are protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), with only a few exceptions. 

How Many Times a Week Do I See My Individual Therapist?

Most clients will meet with their therapist once per week, especially during the early stages of treatment. That is why clients in our PHP and IOP programs meet with their therapists weekly throughout the program. After that, you can continue with outpatient therapy as often as needed—usually once per week or every other week.

Remember that if new issues come up, you can always ask for more sessions or continue therapy even if you meet your initial treatment goals. Conversely, if you can meet your goals with less support, you can schedule sessions less frequently. 

Furthermore, if you are taking psychiatric medications for a mental health disorder, you should meet with a therapist regularly—even if only for a periodic check-in. This helps ensure that your medications are effective. You can also evaluate any medication changes or lowering of dosages with the help of a therapist along with a psychiatrist.

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At Buckhead Behavioral Health, we have a diverse team of therapists and other treatment professionals to help you in your recovery from addiction and mental health disorders. Our therapists offer a range of experience and knowledge to meet your treatment needs.

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