Individual Therapy

What is Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy is a form of therapy that allows you to talk to one therapist in a safe and private room about all your inner issues by yourself. During your individual therapy sessions, your therapist will ask you questions and provide you with feedback. 

The purpose of individual therapy is to provide you with self-insight, perspective, and feedback about yourself so that you can solve your inner issues. While individual therapy is most often used to help treat people that suffer from mental illness, it can also be a great form of individual substance abuse counseling.

Ways Individual Therapy Benefits You in Addiction Recovery

There are many benefits that individual therapy can provide you during addiction treatment that other types of therapy cannot. For example, individual therapy gives you the opportunity to focus on just yourself and your own issues. 

The more time you spend being introspective and analyzing your own inner issues, the quicker you will get to the root of your addiction problems. This is evident in the fact that most people start abusing drugs and/or alcohol as a response to mental health issues and traumas that they have experienced.

In fact, individual therapy is one of the best ways to simultaneously work through both your addiction issues and your mental health issues. Individual therapy is also beneficial because it allows you to work through any personal issues that you have that you are too embarrassed or shy to talk about while in group therapy. 

While group therapy provides you with the opportunity to learn from the addiction-related experiences of your peers, it may also cause you to feel pressure to work through your issues at the same pace as your peers. One benefit of individual therapy is that you get to set your own recovery goals with your therapist on terms and a pace that is specific to your needs. 

Similar to when performing other forms of therapy, going through individual therapy will also help give you the tools and coping mechanisms that you need to better manage both your addiction symptoms and emotions. Also similar to when performing other forms of therapy, individual therapy will provide you with the opportunity to increase your support group by allowing you to build a trusting and intimate bond with your therapist. 

What an Individual Therapist Can Provide A Person Recovering from Substance Abuse Addiction

One aspect of individual therapy that is particularly beneficial for someone suffering from addiction is the relationship that he or she gets to create with a therapist. It is because of the depth of this bond that you will feel free enough to build a modifiable plan for your recovery with your therapist. 

Having a therapist that you trust and have an individual bond with also provides you with the freedom to vent about all your personal problems with him or her. This freedom to vent and spill all your secrets also stems from knowing that your therapist is bound by oath to keep anything you tell him or her confidential. It also helps to know that your therapist is an unbiased person whose only goal during your therapy sessions is to help you rather than just judge you. 

Another benefit that you receive from your therapist when attending individual therapy is the gift of expert advice that is tailor-made just for you. If you follow the advice that your individual addiction recovery therapist gives you and use it to build upon the work that you have been doing in group therapy, you will experience a changed life! 

Treatment Plan Options for People in Recovery for Substance Abuse Addiction

Although individual therapy is a vital part of the recovery process of an individual that has suffered from substance abuse, it is just one small piece in some of the substance abuse treatment plans. The different treatment plans available to those in recovery for substance abuse vary depending on how far they are into recovery and what their individual needs are. 

Addiction Recovery Treatment Plan Options:

Individual Therapy During Detox Treatment

There are varying forms of individual therapy that you can use throughout the different addiction recovery treatment plans. One specific treatment plan that utilizes a variety of forms of individual therapy is the alcohol and drug detox treatment plan.

Forms of Individual Therapy Used During Detox Treatment

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an individual psychotherapy treatment that alleviates the distress that people suffering from PTSD associate with their traumatic life events.

Created in the 1980s, EMDR therapy helps alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by having the patient focus on a negative thought, image, or memory while performing specific eye movements. 

The thought behind this practice is that focusing on performing specific eye movements while thinking about things that traumatize you will, over time, desensitize your body and mind to that traumatic thing. Since the creation of EMDR therapy, many independent and controlled studies have proven EMDR therapy to be effective in treating PTSD.

Family-Focused Therapy

Family-therapy is an outpatient form of individual therapy in which a therapist invites the family of a patient into one or more therapy sessions to address any issues within the family that may be deterring the progress of the individual in recovery. During family-focused therapy sessions, the therapist will also educate the family members of the patient about his or her condition. 

While educating the family, the therapist will usually go into detail about what the symptoms of the patient’s condition are. The therapist will then motivate the family of the patient to help the patient manage his or her symptoms rather than trigger them. 


Brainspotting therapy identifies, processes, and releases neurophysiological sources of emotional stress connected to PTSD, stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and more by looking at where the brain stores these traumatic stress-filled memories. Medical professionals can identify the places in the brain that store trauma during brainspotting by having the patient look at a specific point in visual space. 

Looking at a specific point during brainspotting will activate past patient trauma. It will also help the human brain dissociate stress from its traumatic memory. Brainspotting can also reduce symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, etc.


Biofeedback therapy helps people gain greater awareness of their bodily functions by connecting their bodies to electrical sensors and monitoring their organ patterns. By doing this, biofeedback teaches people what physiological changes they need to make in the way that they operate and control their bodies. Making the necessary adjustments to the body after receiving biofeedback will help improve people’s physicality and overall health.

Trauma-Informed Therapy

Trauma-informed therapy is individual therapy with a trauma expert as the therapist. Throughout trauma-therapy, your therapist will use trained tactics to help you identify your past traumas while making you feel safe to do so.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that exchanges negative thinking patterns and behaviors for positive ones. This form of therapy is a popular form of therapy that teaches people that are suicidal or have extremely self-destructive habits to love themselves and others.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  

Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most popular behavioral therapies when it comes to treating people that are suffering from substance abuse addiction. The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to get people to see the link between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors by analyzing their self-destructive patterns.

What Will Occur During Individual Therapy

During your first individual therapy session, your therapist will likely assess your motivations and help you set treatment goals. Your therapist will also likely talk to you about your damaging beliefs, self-concepts, and behaviors within your first couple sessions. 

You should also prepare yourself to receive some sort of homework assignment from your therapist. This might include a light activity like daily journaling or reading certain books and/or articles. 

Signs That You Would Make a Great Candidate for Individual Substance Abuse Counseling

If you experience sadness and grief for long periods of time, you would make a great candidate for individual therapy. Individual therapy is also beneficial for anyone who has problems concentrating at work or during daily activities. 

If you are exhibiting risky or unhealthy behaviors such as abusing drugs and/or alcohol or relapsing on your addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, you would very much benefit from going to individual therapy. In fact, individual therapy may help you figure out what the underlying causes are that led you to begin abusing substances in the first place. 

Individual therapy is also beneficial to anyone that is suffering from a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder. Even if you are just feeling stressed or emotional, you could benefit from individual therapy. 

Major life changes such as a sudden trauma or a recently strained relationship with a family member or friend could also cause you to need individual therapy. 

Why Go to Another Rehab Center When You Can Receive The Best Care at Daylight Recovery Services?!

Regardless of why you are receiving individual therapy with us or what treatment plan you are receiving your individual therapy under, the therapists and professional team here at Daylight Recovery Services will ensure that you receive the best service possible. Through our holistic and individualized substance abuse counseling programs, you will receive a tailor-made treatment plan that will help you treat any physical, spiritual, and psychological addiction-related issues that you have. 

Located in serene Corona, CA, Daylight Recovery Services also provides our members with state-of-the-art facilities to stay in. With amenities such as private bedrooms, swimming pools and jacuzzis, off-site beach and park trips, and more, there is no shortage of stress-relieving activities that you can participate in in-between your treatments. 

Whether you are looking to receive treatment for addiction to alcohol, prescription medications, illegal substances, or something else, we have holistic and individualized treatment programs ready to help get you clean, sober, and back to your best self. 

To learn more about Daylight Recovery Services and the treatment programs that we offer, message us on our website. You can even request a call from one of our addiction experts, or call us yourself at the phone number on the top right corner of our website. 

Whichever way to prefer to talk with us, we are open and available for communication. We are here to help you.