I don't have a mental illness and I feel generally good.
Do I need individual counseling?
What is Individual Psychotherapy?
Individual counseling, also called individual therapy, facilitates the exploration and resolution of personal problems and issues according to the specific needs of the individual. Individual sessions provide you with a personalized and completely private therapy experience. Dr. Chantal will evaluate your situation and utilize the best individual counseling approaches and techniques to reduce your symptoms, resolve your problems, improve your emotional well-being, and increase the quality of your life.
Some of the issues often addressed in individual counseling are:
Does Therapy Really Work?
Short Answer: Yes, it does!
Other studies have found that people who participate in psychotherapy and individual counseling are more likely to get better than 80% of the people who do not seek therapy. In other words, without therapy, the likelihood of improvement is 20%, whereas with therapy, it is 80%.
And, more recently, neuroscience research has demonstrated that changes in the neural structure of the brain can take place as a result of psychotherapy treatment, and that these changes can support lasting improvement in emotions and behavior.
Psychiatric Medication or Counseling?......... Which One Do You Need?
Even in individuals for whom medication is helpful, research shows that combining medication with psychotherapy is more effective than medication alone.
Dr. Chantal generally advises her patients to see her for an initial evaluation where together she will help you determine what will likely be the most beneficial approach in your situation. If a medication evaluation would be helpful, Dr. Chantal's clinical team includes wonderful, very qualified psychiatrists that can work with you.
Generally, about 20% of our therapy clients also take medication, while about 80% are able to acheive their emotional wellness and mental health goals without medication.