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 1,245 482
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 906 397
Support mental / emotional health 579 246
Post-traumatic stress disorder 521 225
Bipolar Disorder 498 231
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 155
None 916

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 126
60 min monthly 61
120 min monthly 58
50 min weekly 53
45 min weekly 46
100 min monthly 31
30 min monthly 21
50 min monthly 20
45 min monthly 19
90 min monthly 19

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Why patients stopped taking Individual Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Felt finished with this treatment 328
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 208
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 53
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 3
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 66
1 - 2 years 87
2 - 5 years 140
5 - 10 years 142
10 years or more 155

Stopped going to Individual Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 58
1 - 6 months 280
6 months - 1 year 211
1 - 2 years 163
2 - 5 years 165
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 83
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 669
Usually 358
Sometimes 111
Never taken as prescribed 38
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 117
Somewhat hard to take 314
A little hard to take 363
Not at all hard to take 382
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 135
$100-199 122
$50-99 127
$25-49 89
< $25 278
Not specified 425
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108 patient evaluations for Individual Therapy

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Itsalwayssomething
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Itsalwayssomething
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 57
Condition: Chronic Pain Syndrome 22 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Chronic Pain Syndrome

See Itsalwayssomething's full Individual Therapy history

Aug 21, 2015 (Started May 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Racing thoughts)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Anxiety soared when I moved from a medically legal state to a state where legal measures haven't been put in place yet. Not only was I anxious about not having access, I had been off medication for 3-1/2 years. First Advice from therapist was: Find Marijuana.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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May 10, 2015 (Started Aug 10, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for MS dementia (subcortical dementia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Diagnostic assessment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
cutekitty4x4
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cutekitty4x4
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Moderate
17 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
OCD

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Apr 13, 2015 (Started Mar 05, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 min Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks
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