Individual therapy—also known as psychotherapy, talk therapy, or counseling—is a collaborative process between therapist and client that aims to facilitate change and improve quality of life. Therapy can help people confront barriers that interfere with emotional and mental well-being, and it can also increase positive feelings such as compassion, self-esteem, love, courage, and peace. Many people find they enjoy the therapeutic journey of becoming more self-aware, and they may pursue ongoing psychotherapy as a means of self-growth and self-actualization.

Some common reasons for seeking therapy include:

  • Depression, anxiety, and PTSD

  • Relationship issues

  • Self-esteem and coping mechanisms

  • Trauma, violence, and abuse

  • Addictions (i.e., food, sex, shopping, gambling, drugs, alcohol)

  • Grief and loss (including pet loss)

  • Chronic pain

  • Life transitions