Individual therapy is a treatment that involves one-on-one meetings with a therapist. There are many different modalities that can be used in individual therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, etc. Individual therapy focuses in a therapeutic process that combines changes in habits, thoughts, and the ability of the client to discover the origin and the feelings that are being experienced. The Multicultural Counseling Center (MCC), utilizes different modalities and our clinicians are trained in specialized therapeutic interventions such as TF-CBT (trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy), EMDR, CBT, DBT, CFTSI, among many others.
Individual therapy works with people of all ages, from children to the elderly. However, when working with children part of the individual therapy also requires the parents to engage in sessions. MCC offers its services to people from all backgrounds, although most of our therapists are bilingual we all speak English and some of our clinicians identify English as their primary language.
The first session of therapy focuses on gathering information about your mental and physical health, family history, and developmental history – this first appointment is called an assessment. An assessment can take one session or a few sessions the goal is for the therapist have a good understanding of the current situation and the background of the events.
When you make an appointment, you will be asked to fill out an intake packet. This packet will assist your therapist and our administrative team in understanding your needs, resources, and strengths. After you complete the packet, our customer service team will schedule your first appointment. During your first appointment you will meet your therapist and the assessment process will begin.
During the assessment process the therapist will ask you many questions about yourself, your family, your past and your present. This assessment will assist the therapist in determining your diagnosis, if you have one, and length of treatment. By the second or third session you will be working with your therapist to make your treatment plan. Your treatment plan will be your guide for treatment, it will include your goals and objectives. After the assessment and treatment plan are completed, the therapist will begin the the therapeutic interventions to help you achieve your goals.