Individual Counseling

Experience exceptional mental health treatment with the dedicated and skilled team at Transitions Counseling and Consulting. 

Our accredited outpatient services include a full range of treatment options for children, teens, and adults, ensuring you can receive continuous care from the same compassionate team as your needs change.

Psychologist and teen girl participating in individual counseling

Individual counseling is a type of therapy where a counselor works with an individual patient to address emotional, psychological, or behavioral issues. Also known as ‘private’ or one-on-one counseling, it focuses on specific issues between the patient and the counselor. Sessions typically last around 45 minutes to an hour, though they can be extended if necessary.

There are many different types of individual therapy that incorporate elements of other forms of therapy while addressing specific issues. For instance, cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on how thoughts affect feelings and behavior. Other approaches include dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal relationship therapy, and solution-focused therapy.

Counselors may use these therapies to help a patient or integrate elements from different forms of therapy to provide the most effective treatment. Some forms of therapy are better suited to specific conditions than others, making it important to tailor the approach to the individual’s unique situation and needs.


According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% begins by age 24.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I benefit from individual counseling?

Most people can benefit from individual counseling at some point in their lifetime. Signs that could indicate a need for individual therapy include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed, unable to manage day-to-day life, or just “not like yourself”
  • Experiencing strong and intense emotions that are difficult to control, such as anger or irritability
  • Struggling with a psychological condition such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD
  • Experiencing relationship problems that seem to be never-ending or repeating in different relationships, such as abusive patterns or an inability to trust others
  • Losing something or someone important to you
  • Experiencing a traumatic event

If you are experiencing any of these issues, individual counseling could help you manage your life and feel more in control. To take the first step, schedule a consultation with our team at Transitions Counseling.

Who performs individual therapy?

Individual therapy at Transitions Counseling is conducted by a team of highly qualified and licensed mental health professionals. Our clinicians, including licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), licensed professional counselors (LPCs), associate-counselors, and psychiatry providers, have extensive training and experience in their fields. Each therapist specializes in working with specific age groups, ensuring that our counseling for teens is as effective and specialized as our counseling for adults.

Our professionals utilize evidence-based practices tailored to meet the unique needs of each client, fostering an environment of trust, empathy, and support. They integrate various therapeutic approaches to provide the most effective treatment, and many are trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR. This comprehensive approach ensures that all clients receive holistic care, addressing both their emotional and psychological needs. Additionally, our team members are personable, compassionate, and have a genuine passion for helping others. They continuously engage in professional development to stay updated with the latest advancements in mental health care, ensuring our clients receive the best possible treatment.

What can I expect during an individual counseling session?

At your first individual counseling session, your therapist will ask about your history and current situation, as well as why you’re seeking therapy, what you hope to gain from it, and how comfortable you are sharing personal information. This information helps your therapist learn more about you and better understand how they can help.

After learning about your individual needs, your mental health clinician will explain the types of treatment that might be helpful for you. They will then help you come up with a treatment plan that best meets your needs and help you to meet your treatment goals.

During individual counseling sessions, the counselor may ask questions about your symptoms to help determine whether they are improving or getting worse. You may also discuss situations that happened between sessions, including difficult experiences and steps you can take to prevent similar issues in the future. The therapist will provide guidance and support, helping you develop coping strategies and build resilience to face life’s challenges.

In summary, individual counseling at Transitions Counseling offers a personalized approach to mental health care. Whether you are seeking counseling for teens or counseling for adults, our experienced clinicians are dedicated to helping you achieve your therapeutic goals and improve your overall well-being.

How We Can Help You

We tailor treatment to fit your unique needs. Our team offers the full continuum of outpatient therapy services for the whole family. This means you can work with the same team as your treatment needs change over time.