Individual Counseling: Mental Health Treatments and Care

Individual counseling, also known as talk therapy or psychotherapy, is a mental health care staple. In mental health and addiction treatment, this particular modality helps patients achieve life goals and learn to cope with mental health issues. Depending on your needs, therapy may make up a part of your inpatient treatment or be an ongoing, outpatient mental health treatment.

Do you have questions about individual counseling at Baton Rouge Behavioral Hospital? Let’s take a look at this evidence-based behavioral health treatment option.

What Does Individual Counseling Do?

Whether you’re considering counseling as a long-term option or would prefer short-term therapy, the goals of individual therapy are the same for most people. You may seek it out because you want to improve your coping skills or to help you come to terms with past trauma. In other cases, you may simply need help with changing your behaviors. In all of these cases, one-on-one therapy is a fantastic option.

While group counseling is also an effective treatment, it can be difficult to discuss embarrassing or uncomfortable moments from your past in front of others. By placing you in an individualized setting with a mental health expert, our individual therapy options create a safe environment for you to share your story. Additionally, the advice you receive will be completely tailored to your unique experiences, beliefs, and recovery goals. In this way, your therapy sessions will provide you with a clear path toward personal growth.

With all of that said, you might still feel some hesitation about receiving mental health treatments like talk therapy. Some of the most common reasons that people avoid counseling include:

  • Fear of being labeled as “crazy”
  • Feelings of shame when discussing past actions or events
  • Concern that information shared in a session will not stay private

While we understand these fears, you should not let them stop you from seeking mental health treatment. At Baton Rouge Behavioral Hospital, you can rest assured that you will always be treated with kindness, empathy, and respect. Our only goal is to help you lead a healthy, fulfilling life.

What Do Individual Therapy Sessions Look Like?

Your one-on-one counseling sessions will look different depending on what you’re receiving treatment for. For example, if you have enrolled in our adult psychiatric program, you will meet with a counselor to discuss your mental illness symptoms, your life experiences, and your recovery goals. From there, the two of you will work together to find actionable changes that you can make in your life.

Alternatively, if you receive treatment in our dual diagnosis program, you and your counselor will discuss both addiction and mental health issues. Specifically, you will discuss the relationship between these two areas and what changes you can make to stay in recovery and improve your life. For example, your counselor may use cognitive behavioral therapy to help you develop new thought and behavioral patterns. In this way, you will receive the tools to stay in recovery long after you have graduated from treatment.

Across the board, though, our individual therapy sessions are always respectful and helpful. Remember, this is your space to discuss your life and your concerns with a licensed professional. You should be prepared to share any experiences or thoughts that contribute to your addiction or mental illness. While this can feel uncomfortable, it’s the only way for you to achieve long-term recovery.

Professional Counselors Are Waiting

At Baton Rouge Behavioral Hospital, each of our counselors has the proper accreditation and years of mental health experience. For you, that means you can rest assured that you will receive care that’s comprehensive, useful, and respects you and your journey. Would you like to learn more about our treatment options? You can call our admissions specialists at (225) 300-8470, or you can fill out our confidential contact form. Whenever and however you want to reach out, we’ll be ready to help.

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