Individual Therapy

Everyone can feel stuck at times, but when your difficulties feel overwhelming it can be beneficial to get support. I help individuals get a fresh perspective, learn how to utilize their strengths and create new opportunities.

iStock_000024349057XSmallWhy Seek Individual Therapy?

Do you seem stuck or unable to change self-defeating behaviors? Perhaps you feel disconnected from loved ones or unfulfilled in your relationships? Are you experiencing high levels of worry, sadness or self-doubt? Do you want to make changes in your life but not sure how? By exploring your thoughts, feelings and relationships with a professionally trained, compassionate therapist, you can feel less isolated and achieve personal growth. You don’t have to face your problems alone.

The Benefits of Individual Therapy

I provide a non-judgmental, collaborative space for you to get support, learn about yourself and achieve your goals. Below are just some of the ways therapy might be helpful for you.

  • Discover new options and learn how to make more rewarding choices
  • Optimally manage school, career, or family transitions
  • Learn how you are experienced by others and improve your communication skills
  • Feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin
  • Resolve ambivalence and get clarity around unsatisfying relationships
  • Gain insight about feelings of anger, guilt, worry, self-doubt or fear
  • Develop healthy coping mechanisms and anxiety management skills
  • Obtain support for your own or a loved one’s addiction and recovery
  • Better understand your triggers and increase healthy decision making
  • Resolve and recover from distressing childhood issues
  • Improve your relationship skills and capacity for intimacy
  • Learn how to start over after a betrayal, break-up or divorce
  • Process and heal painful feelings related to illness, loss or death

To see how individual therapy can benefit you, contact Theresa Bullock Cohen, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker


FAQs

If you’re thinking about individual therapy and have questions, here is some useful information to get you started.

1. How do I know if therapy will help me?

I find that many people in therapy are looking to be less alone with their difficulties. Individuals are often at war with themselves, their decisions and their inner critics. I try to help my clients be curious about their experiences, understand their attachment needs, develop greater self-compassion and work toward real and lasting change.

2. What should I expect from my first session? +

Our first meeting is a chance for us to get to know each other. I will try to understand what you are looking for, what you have tried up until now, and what works and doesn’t work for you.

To get a better understanding about your pain, your struggles, your strengths and your untapped potential, it will be helpful to explore your past, clarify your present situation and uncover your longings for the future.

3. How long are the sessions and how often? +

Sessions are 50 minutes long and we will meet at my office in Lexington, MA. I most often meet weekly with my clients. Sometimes when people are in extreme crisis, they can be best supported with more than one session per week. When individuals have achieved many of their goals in therapy, we can reduce the frequency as needed. I try to work with you to make a plan that will fit your needs, goals and schedule.

4. How long will my therapy last? +

I offer both short-term and longer-term therapy. Some problems may only take a handful of sessions to solve. More complicated issues often take a number of months to process and resolve. Multifaceted and complex situations related to addiction recovery, intimacy, or attachment style can lend themselves to a longer treatment.

5. What kind of therapy will I receive? +

After our first few sessions, I will share my impressions and thoughts about what interventions would work best for you. I use a combination of modalities, such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, EFT (emotionally focused therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and coaching interventions. I strive to find the right approach for each individual client I work with.

6. How will I know if my therapy is working? +

It is important to have a direction for therapy. It’s hard to get to your destination without knowing where you are going. Having a co-created plan in therapy will help you get the most out of the experience. We will collaborate to define a path to get you where you want to be. In addition, we will regularly discuss your wishes for therapy and review your goals. I value my clients’ feedback, so I encourage you to share your opinions and preferences throughout our work together.

7. What should I do to get the most out of my therapy? +

I find that therapy works best when you are willing to expand your awareness and take responsibility for your life. During the time between sessions, it can be helpful for you to think about what we discussed in therapy and pay attention to what comes up for you throughout the week. At times, I may suggest reading material, give you exercises to work on, or we may brainstorm new behaviors to experiment with — all with the goal to deepen our work together so you may get the most out of your therapy.