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 1,624 757
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 1,143 609
Bipolar Disorder 780 443
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 600 301
Support mental / emotional health 578 243
Bipolar II Disorder 470 246

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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 44
Moderate 120
Mild 232
None 1,332

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Individual Therapy

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 46
Frustration 35
Distressed 28
Flashbacks to childhood and adolescence 25
Weight gain 18
Felt bad 15

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Individual Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 233
60 min monthly 103
120 min monthly 99
50 min weekly 76
45 min weekly 73
90 min monthly 60
45 min monthly 42
100 min monthly 36
30 min monthly 26
50 min monthly 21

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Why patients stopped taking Individual Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Felt finished with this treatment 366
Other 327
Expense 298
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 254
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 236
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 125
I didn't have enough time 99
Change in health plan coverage 90
No convenient appointments available 63
Doctor's advice 58
Found another therapist or program I preferred 40
Course of treatment ended 2
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Duration

Currently going to Individual Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 69
6 months - 1 year 126
1 - 2 years 154
2 - 5 years 248
5 - 10 years 218
10 years or more 282

Stopped going to Individual Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 66
1 - 6 months 300
6 months - 1 year 243
1 - 2 years 186
2 - 5 years 187
5 - 10 years 95
10 years or more 98
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1003
Usually 509
Sometimes 150
Never taken as prescribed 66
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 165
Somewhat hard to take 473
A little hard to take 509
Not at all hard to take 581
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 192
$100-199 194
$50-99 164
$25-49 131
< $25 428
Not specified 619
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107 patient evaluations for Individual Therapy

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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: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F59y
FM:8y Dx
CFS:?y
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Keeper of the Flame's full Individual Therapy history

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: 2 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See kschu's full Individual Therapy history

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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scorpio1975
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scorpio1975
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: All
Stickman: all
Description:F41y
FM:28y Dx
I am: vb
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See scorpio1975's full Individual Therapy history

May 9, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Dissociative Identity Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Bipolar I Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Monthly

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