How Does Individual Therapy Help Us Recover

At Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn, our patients will be able to benefit from individual therapy sessions with their assigned personal counsellor. We understand that some patients may have suffered traumas or experiences that they find too difficult to speak about in a group therapy environment. Ensuring that no stone is left unturned and that each patient has the opportunity to address any issue that could potentially threaten or prove to be a block to their future sobriety, individual therapy sessions are completely dedicated to the patient’s individual issues.

They are specifically designed to strengthen the trust and therapeutic relationship between the patient and counsellor so that issues of a more sensitive nature can be discussed, processed and treated in private. The counsellor conducting the session will utilise various therapeutic models to ensure the session is productive and healing to the individual. This means that it will include strong elements of CBT, DBT, trauma therapy and compassion therapy. It also provides the counsellor with the opportunity to review the patient’s treatment plan and make any necessary adjustments. It is important to us that each patient receives the most appropriate treatment for his or her individual needs whilst undergoing rehabilitation at our clinic.

What Is Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy is also referred to as psychotherapy or one to one counselling. It is a collaborative process between the individual counsellor and patient. The counsellor will use a number of effective and proven, evidence based treatment methodologies in order to facilitate positive change and improve the individual’s quality of life. Common forms of therapy delivered during the session include cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, trauma therapy and psychotherapy. Many individuals find these sessions extremely beneficial and healing, as they are able to resolve past issues and increase their own self-awareness with the assistance of their counsellor. Great progress can be made during these sessions and they are available to all of our patients to benefit from.

What Happens during Therapy?

On admission to our clinic, each patient is assigned a focal counsellor; who is responsible for overseeing the individual’s treatment plan for the duration of their stay. The focal counsellor will also formulate a care plan, with goals and treatments that will assist them in achieving them. Continuity of care is extremely important during the treatment process; by providing a focal counsellor, the patient will be able to form a trusting and productive therapeutic relationship. All of our Counsellors are BACP registered and qualified in delivering the latest in powerful addiction and common co-occurring illness treatments. The vast majority of our staff and counsellors have successfully overcome addiction related illnesses themselves and are therefore in a unique position to earn the trust and respect of the patient very quickly. They also provide a strong role model and proof that addiction can be overcome and a successful and productive life can be achieved. Combining their personal experience and understanding of addiction with their impressive professional skills, they utilise individual therapy sessions to reach the patient on a deeper level and within a very short space of time. Common issues and problems that are treated during these sessions include:

  • Problems of a sexual nature
  • Behaviours that cause the individual to suffer a lot of shame and guilt
  • Post-traumatic experiences
  • Thoughts, feelings and experiences that the individual feels too ashamed to disclose in a group setting

Individual therapy sessions at Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn last for approximately 50 minutes. They are held within a small, intimate and comfortable room; specifically designed for this purpose. Using a person-centred approach to treatment, the counsellor will address issues that the patient is not comfortable discussing in front of their peers. By treating the deeper issues within the individual, they subsequently have a far greater chance of successfully staying sober and clean on returning back home.

Intensive Healing

Individual therapy is a concentrated form of talking therapy. The counsellor is able to cover a lot of ground as they dedicate the session, in its entirety, to the patient attending. Our therapy rooms are sound proofed, providing reassurance for the patient that others cannot overhear them. Many that suffer from addiction and mood disorders experience great difficulty in truly letting go of their emotions and expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings. Pride, shame and guilt can stop an individual from getting truly honest with how they are feeling within a group environment. Expressing and experiencing emotions is a necessary part of healing process. Individual therapy provides a safe, nurturing and confidential space in which they can do just that. The counsellor conducting the session ensures the patient’s emotional safety at all times. They are highly experienced in delivering these sessions and know exactly how to open a client up and close them down at the end, so that they can feel comfortable and positive after each session has finished.

Benefits of Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a highly effective form of treatment for addiction and co-occurring illnesses such as depression, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorders. It offers the following benefits:

  • Safe and confidential environment to discuss issues of a more sensitive nature
  • Assistance in expressing and processing difficult emotions
  • Assistance in raising self-awareness and increasing self-compassion, self-esteem, and self-worth.
  • Removal of blocks that could otherwise hinder the recovery process
  • The opportunity for intensive therapy to be delivered without interruption or distraction
  • Means to express true emotions unreservedly, without the fear of being judged by others
  • Opportunity for great progress to be made as the counsellor/patient covers more ground relating to the patient’s individual issues.

How Individual Therapy Improves Our Health

The first step in recovery from addiction is to remove any chemical dependency and halt any compulsive and destructive behaviours. Once this has been safely achieved, through a medical detox or period of abstinence, therapeutic measures can then be of maximum benefit. Alcohol, drugs and compulsive behaviours are a symptom of something much deeper within the individual. It is imperative that the issues that drive the individual’s addiction and compulsions are addressed and resolved. If they are not addressed, once out of the treatment environment, it is likely they will relapse.

Each patient will have some issues or problems that are specific for them and their lives. Individual therapy allows for these issues and problems to be discussed and processed, one to one, in a non-threatening and intensive therapeutic environment. It is the perfect setting for the individual to discuss or raise issues that they cannot otherwise be open about. The progress that is made through individual therapy sessions will depend on the individual’s length of stay with us. The longer the duration of their stay, the more opportunity we have to conduct these important sessions. Over a longer period of treatment, the focal counsellor will come to understand and learn more about the individual as their therapeutic relationship evolves; this places them in a better position to ensure they are receiving the correct treatment throughout their stay with us.

If you have any questions relating to our individual therapy sessions or any other aspect of our treatment programme, do not hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our clinical team.

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  • Oasis Runcorn
    38-40 Bridge St.
    Runcorn, Cheshire,
    WA7 1BY
    United Kingdom
  • Tel. 0203 131 5938
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