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 1,278 517
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 935 432
Support mental / emotional health 578 247
Post-traumatic stress disorder 531 237
Bipolar Disorder 510 245
Bipolar II Disorder 351 157

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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 29
Moderate 80
Mild 164
None 957

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 127
60 min monthly 60
120 min monthly 57
50 min weekly 46
45 min weekly 36
100 min monthly 25
90 min monthly 24
45 min monthly 21
120 min weekly 18
30 min monthly 16

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Why patients stopped taking Individual Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Felt finished with this treatment 330
Other 285
Expense 260
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 227
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 208
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 109
I didn't have enough time 88
Change in health plan coverage 72
No convenient appointments available 56
Doctor's advice 54
Found another therapist or program I preferred 36
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 35
6 months - 1 year 45
1 - 2 years 75
2 - 5 years 143
5 - 10 years 145
10 years or more 142

Stopped going to Individual Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 58
1 - 6 months 282
6 months - 1 year 213
1 - 2 years 165
2 - 5 years 167
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 84
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 700
Usually 375
Sometimes 114
Never taken as prescribed 41
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 122
Somewhat hard to take 331
A little hard to take 373
Not at all hard to take 404
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 144
$100-199 127
$50-99 131
$25-49 91
< $25 291
Not specified 446
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109 patient evaluations for Individual Therapy

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Nadira
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Nadira
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
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Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See Nadira's full Individual Therapy history

Apr 25, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Tired and weak next day)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: therapy is a lot of work, often the next day I am very tired and weak in the sense of not able to push myself and do a full days task.

  • 0 helpful marks
Itsalwayssomething
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Itsalwayssomething
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 58
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: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
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
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