What is Individual Therapy?

Category: Psychotherapy

Most popular types: Talk therapy

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See also: Counseling

Individual therapy is a psychotherapeutic session involving only two persons, the therapist and the patient.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major Depressive Disorder 1,248 486
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 909 398
Support mental / emotional health 579 246
Post-traumatic stress disorder 521 225
Bipolar Disorder 498 230
Mood 351 95

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 27
Moderate 78
Mild 157
None 917

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Individual Therapy

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 32
Frustration 32
Distressed 28
Flashbacks to childhood and adolescence 25
Felt bad 15
Agitation 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Individual Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 130
120 min monthly 57
60 min monthly 54
50 min weekly 52
45 min weekly 48
100 min monthly 29
30 min monthly 21
45 min monthly 21
90 min monthly 20
50 min monthly 18

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Why patients stopped taking Individual Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Felt finished with this treatment 329
Other 283
Expense 257
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 225
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 209
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 110
I didn't have enough time 86
Change in health plan coverage 72
No convenient appointments available 56
Doctor's advice 54
Found another therapist or program I preferred 35
Course of treatment ended 2
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Duration

Currently going to Individual Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 31
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 82
2 - 5 years 139
5 - 10 years 142
10 years or more 151

Stopped going to Individual Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 58
1 - 6 months 281
6 months - 1 year 211
1 - 2 years 163
2 - 5 years 165
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 84
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 671
Usually 359
Sometimes 111
Never taken as prescribed 38
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 119
Somewhat hard to take 315
A little hard to take 363
Not at all hard to take 382
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 136
$100-199 122
$50-99 127
$25-49 89
< $25 278
Not specified 427
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108 patient evaluations for Individual Therapy

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bearhug
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new ASD member
Data Quality: 2 stars
48 years
Female
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ATEC
  • Speech: 0
  • Sociability: 12
  • Sensory/Cognitive Awareness: 2
  • Health/Physical Behavior: 27
  • ATEC score: 41
I have:
Asperger's

See bearhug's full Individual Therapy history

Aug 15, 2016 (Started Feb 13, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Frequent urination)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 270 min Weekly

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Keeper of the Flame
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Keeper of the Flame
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: all
Description:F58y
CFS:?y
FM:8y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jul 30, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mild Depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: When I talk to my Psychiatrist I know that I will never be sitting somewhere and see the person that I have spilled my guts to like I would if I had talked to a friend as openly as I talk to Dr. O. With Dr. O I can be myself and tell him everything that is going on in my life without fear of repercussions or someone having ammunition to hold over my head. With Dr. O I can be assured of complete professionalism and I know that he would never let any of my secrets that I tell him out to anyone. I have been seeing the same psychiatrist now for over 20 years and we are very close and I would recommend this form of therapy to everyone. I really feel like a weight has been taken off of me after my appointments with Dr. O.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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kschu
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kschu
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Jul 19, 2016 (Started May 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 800 min Yearly
Advice & Tips: My Psych therapy not only helps me recognize the sources and triggers for my anxiety, but it has helped me open up to discuss my anxiety with my wife and adult children. My appointments are scheduled very regularly, currently every 3 weeks. I've been with this same therapist for about 8 years now.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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