Individual Therapy

During individual therapy one has the opportunity to sit with a psychotherapist in a private and comfortable space and talk freely about their thoughts, feelings, fears and concerns without judgment or criticism. By attending weekly therapy sessions with a trained psychotherapist, one can gain insight about their current situation and learn new strategies to manage and overcome many of life’s challenges. 

Imagine a space all your own where you can speak freely and confidentially about your thoughts, feelings, fears and concerns.

How can individual therapy help me?

There are many benefits to participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support and help you develop problem-solving and coping strategies for difficulties such as: depression, anxiety, anger, relationship problems, unresolved childhood issues, grief, loss, stress management and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing: personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you experience from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits you may experience as a result of weekly therapy include:

 

  • Developing skills for improving your relationships

  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy

  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety

  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures

  • Improving communications and listening skills

  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones

  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage

  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

 

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse.

  • If a client is threatening serious harm to another person or the property of another.

  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. 

How long is a therapy session?

Counseling sessions typically last 55 minutes. I will sometimes suggest a longer session if I feel it is clinically indicated. 

How many times would I come to therapy?

I see most clients between 10 and 30 times although the number of sessions you attend is completely up to you. The duration of individual therapy depends very much upon on your goal, the complexity of your situation, and your readiness to change.

 

   Karina Sergi, MS, Marriage and Family Therapist © 2016     9535 Reseda Blvd. Suite 112 Northridge, Ca 91324     License Number: MFT 52290     Office Hours: Monday - Saturday 8am - 8pm