The word therapy can elicit a great deal of fear; however it is simply the process of self growth and self actualization with the help of a therapist. Therapy differs from counseling in that counseling approaches presenting issues/difficulties on a surface level and often in the form of giving advice. Psychotherapy is different in that it tends to address difficulties from a root cause perspective. The differentiation can likened to the proverb, you give a man a fish he will eat for a day, if you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. Entering into therapy  is just seeking help for challenges you feel are significant. The purpose of therapy is to elicit change and there are many facets to therapy that do so.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is just that, a person enters a one-on-one therapeutic relationship with a counselor to address emotional concerns. A therapist may use many therapeutic approaches they have been trained in, or they may adhere to one they identify with and help the individual see themselves through the context of that therapy approach, fostering change through self-discovery.

Couples Therapy

In couples therapy, a couple seeks the assistance of a therapist to address relationship challenges. A therapist helps the couple learn to communicate and connect with one another while resolving relational difficulties. It may seem that the relationship is the “client” as you move through the therapeutic process. A counselor typically sees the couple together but may ask for individual sessions with each or one of the members of the couple.


Family Therapy

With family therapy, the family is looked at as a whole unit rather than as the sum of each individual. As with couples therapy, the therapist may see individual family members separately in conjunction with the family as a whole. There are numerous modalities from which the therapist may approach the issues, but the important thing to remember is that whatever modality your therapist uses you can address identified difficulties and elicit change.


Group Therapy

Group therapy is shared therapy and typically either educational or a process group. A psychoeducational group is structured and provides information about presenting symptoms or issues in an effort to provide the individuals with the means to learn and apply coping skills. A process group is different in that the focus is not on the education of the members but on the experience of being in group to facilitate the healing process. The focus is on the here and now. Being in a group can provide personal insight into how others manage similar difficulties.