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One on One Therapy

Traditional therapeutic approaches have long been a favored standard of addiction care. They offer a degree of flexibility that allows them to be applied to a variety of situations without compromising patients’ needs. Many of the treatment centers and programs who’ve partnered with Lionheart Recovery offer these traditional therapeutic approaches in their programs because we know the value they can provide for you or your loved one. One of these is individual or one-on-one therapy.

What is Involved in a One on One Therapy Program?

The setup for one-on-one therapy is what often comes to mind when you picture a therapy session. It involves a patient and a therapist or counselor who meet for regular sessions to address the patient’s condition and needs in treatment. A typical session can last around 45 minutes to an hour, although this is often determined by the therapist, the patient, and the needs of the patient’s treatment plan. The number of sessions a patient will need will usually depend on their circumstances, but most therapists start off with a set number and add on additional sessions based on the person’s progress. It is possible for one patient to require 15 sessions for their treatment while one of their peers may require 20 sessions, just because they have different needs.

The format of one-on-one therapy allows for multiple therapeutic practices and modalities, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, to be used. Non-traditional treatment methods, like holistic recovery, can also be applied in a one-on-one therapy session.

It’s rather easy for it to be customized to each patient and their specifics of their situation. This flexibility is just one reason why this format is used so frequently in treatment programs and regimens for so many conditions, not only drug, and alcohol addiction.

The Advantages of One on One Therapy

In addition to the flexibility and customizable features discussed above, one-on-one therapy can offer many benefits for you or your loved one. Individual therapy allows treatment to be much more focused, which can be very helpful in a number of situations. For example, those who in a dual diagnosis situation—where a patient has a coexisting condition like bipolar disorder in addition to their addiction—one-on-one therapy often is a better option compared to group therapy. Such a situation involves a multitude of factors, and one-on-one therapy can make it harder for any one of those elements to be overlooked or accidentally ignored.

This approach also offers privacy for you or your loved one. It is not uncommon for a person with addiction issues to be uncomfortable with or ashamed of their situation. Patients may have concerns that knowledge of their addition may become public, which can interfere with their willingness to seek treatment in the first place. Discussions and events in individual therapy sessions are kept confidential to participants—i.e., the patient and their therapist. Legally, that confidentiality must be maintained and can only be broken under specific circumstances such as in cases where a patient poses some kind of threat to themselves or others (e.g., threatening to kill someone).

One-on-one also allows patients to be more transparent in their participation, thanks to the privacy the format offers. In a group therapy setting, where there are multiple patients in a session, a person may try to downplay their situation out of discomfort or fear of being judged. This false bravado may cause them to withhold information that can be beneficial or vital to their treatment. When it’s just one stranger—a therapist who is trained to be impartial and understands what you’re going through—it’s a little easier to share truthfully.

The Disadvantages of One on One Therapy

While one-on-one therapy offers several advantages for you or your loved one, it does have its downsides. Financially, this format tends to be more expensive. Cost is usually fixed by time (e.g., by the hour) or by the number of sessions. This can restrict a patient’s options, especially if they are unable to afford additional sessions. They may even withhold information during their sessions to avoid going outside of their assigned timeslot and racking up additional fees.

Patients who are not comfortable being in the spotlight or having all of the focus on them might encounter difficulties with one-on-one therapy. This could cause unwanted stress, especially early on in treatment when the patient is still adjusting to the situation. One-on-one therapy also requires patients to be motivated and participate in the session at all times, which can be a challenge for some. A therapist’s role is to listen and prompt the patient to talk during the session; regularly needing to coax participation, no matter how gently it is done, could cause the patient to feel like they are being forced to share against their will. This could lead to a lack of trust or hostility between the patient and their therapist.

It is also possible that patients may feel like they are alone in their situation in one-on-one therapy. The absence of peer interaction and relation means that some may choose to retreat into themselves outside of the session. This can hinder their recovery, as socialization and (re)development of social skills are vital to the treatment process.

At Lionheart Recovery, we want to make sure that all of your needs are being addressed. Our staff will help you determine if one-on-one therapy is a viable option for you or your loved one and guide you in the right direction. You don’t have to go through this alone; let’s find a solution, together.

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