Individual Psychotherapy provides treatment for mental and emotional conflicts. It’s designed to encourage communication of these conflicts and gain insight into problems, with the goal being relief of symptoms, changes in behavior leading to improved social, interpersonal and vocational functioning, and personality development.
Sessions can be scheduled from one to three days per week, with greater frequency allowing for more in-depth treatment. The duration of individual sessions typically lasts 45 minutes.
During and after completion of psychodynamic treatment sessions, the person should, overall, learn to manage difficulties in a more adaptive manner; experience improved interpersonal relationships and productivity at work; and develop new insights about his or her thoughts, feelings and behavior.
In supportive treatment, insight and personality change are not the primary goals; instead, the therapist and patient work toward a continuation of general stability in the person's life.