What is Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy is a mental health treatment practice conducted between a therapist and an individual looking to address new or ongoing mental health challenges.

People seek out individual therapy for a variety of reasons, ranging from stress at work or school, to help during a divorce or death in the family.

Individual therapy can also help people who are struggling with more serious mental health issues such as major depressive disorder, panic disorders, PTSD, or suicidal ideation.

Individual therapy delivers more direct attention and personalized solutions. A combination of group, family, and individual therapy is the foundation of our mental health treatment programs at Charlie Health. Our program is designed for clients who need a higher level of care than individual weekly talk therapy.

These individual sessions give you the opportunity to talk through your worries, stressors, and other mental health issues with a trained professional.

Once you establish a relationship with your therapist, it may become easier over time to dig into the more challenging parts of your mental health journey, including past traumas, childhood wounds, or self-harm behaviors.

Individual therapy requires consistency. Attending individual therapy on a regular basis allows you to learn more about yourself — and more about your therapist. You'll talk through the things you need to feel safe and supported together.

While individual therapy can be conducted in-person or virtually, many people find that attending therapy virtually is more convenient and helpful for meeting their mental health goals.

How Does Individual Therapy Work?

Individual therapy is conducted one-on-one between a client and a therapist who is tasked with providing a safe, caring, and confidential setting.

Different Types of Individual Therapy

An individual therapy program may utilize a variety of modalities.

At Charlie Health, we offer an assortment of therapeutic practices in order to create personalized treatment programs based on each individual’s needs and goals. A few examples of modalities used in individual therapy include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills
Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Therapies
Integrative or Holistic Therapy

Individual Therapy Can Support:

Depressive disorders
Mood disorders
Anxiety disorders
Substance use disorders
LGBTQIA+-related mental health issues
Chronic pain & illnesses
Suicidal ideation
Technology addictions

What Can You Expect During Individual Therapy?

It takes time to build a trusting relationship with your therapist.
That’s why your very first session will focus on simply learning more about you.

Individual therapy as part of our IOP program operates similarly — you will meet with your individual therapist once per week to talk about your mental health history, current needs, and future goals. The majority of individual therapy sessions typically last one hour.

At Charlie Health, we match patients with individual therapists who are trained in the modalities that our Clinical and Admissions teams have determined will be most effective for you. We take the guesswork out of finding an individual therapist when we create your personalized treatment plan.

You’ll meet with your individual therapist for an hour each week to check in on your progress, successes, and struggles. Remember: results from individual therapy take time. It can be hard to talk about your worries, past trauma, or other intense emotions.

Our innovative clinical model creates an entire treatment program that can help you along your journey toward wellness and recovery. Individual therapy is just one part of this multi-tiered, all-virtual program.

We believe that a combination of individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy is the most effective way to help you achieve your mental health goals both during your time with us at Charlie Health and beyond.

9 Benefits of Individual Therapy

During individual therapy, you can explore your mental health in a confidential and supportive setting, allowing you to:


Better understand yourself


Gain insight into your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors


Resolve conflicts and manage difficult relationships


Learn how to deal with stress and anxiety


Begin to heal from past traumas


Develop self-confidence


Improve your communication skills


Explore your spirituality or religious beliefs


Receive a fresh perspective on life

Individualized support creates a private space for clients to process their experiences, challenges, and discoveries. Charlie Health's mental health treatment programs combine family therapy, supported groups, and individual therapy to help you on your journey toward sustainable and effective healing.

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By matching you or your loved one with individual therapists who specialize in your needs, you can explore and navigate your thoughts in a safe and confidential space.