Individual therapy sessions allow the therapist and client to explore treatment issues particular to each client in more depth. This process enables the therapist and the client to develop treatment goals, strategies and interventions that target the specific needs of the individual client. Some approaches to treatment are more solution-focused by altering specific behaviors of the individual to promote change. Other effective therapeutic approaches may focus more on internal processes by developing insight to facilitate change in how clients perceive themselves and their world.
Family therapy offers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of family dynamics. Couples therapy more specifically focuses on the interaction and communication between partners. Patterns of communication are explored and modified to improve how the family functions. Treatment goals are designed to improve relationships between family members, while strategies are explored to enable all members to have a voice in the process of change. Clients learn new coping and communication skills to promote positive change within the family system.
Clients can gain new skills through group psychotherapy which often targets improvement of interpersonal relationships. Group therapy allows individuals to practice social skills in a safe and supportive environment. This setting presents the opportunity for group members to develop a positive peer support system which provides empathy and valuable feedback to clients. Participating in a group can help decrease feelings of isolation and to increase awareness that other individuals may share similar experiences. The group process also presents the chance for group members to observe personal experiences from different perspectives, and to develop healthy problem-solving strategies.