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Individual Counselling Toronto

Individual counselling is the most common type of therapy as well as a major component of drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Toronto. It can help people remain sober and manage any mental health conditions that may be contributing to their addiction. At Freedom From Addiction, we pride ourselves on being a client-focused centre. Meaning, we put your first and our person-centred therapy is our core philosophical treatment approach. We believe that substance abuse varies from one addict to the next and for counselling and counsellors to be truly effective, they must tailor their treatments to address all groups

Woman in individual counselling in Toronto

What is Individual Counselling?

Individual counselling is a form of psychotherapy where you work one-on-one with a trained mental health professional. It is a collaborative partnership where you meet with your counsellor in a safe, caring and confidential environment in order to have an open discussion on the challenges you are currently experiencing with the goal of finding resolutions.

There are a variety of reasons why people would seek out individual counselling in Toronto. Some common reasons include, but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, trauma and other mental illnesses; anger management; grief, bereavement and loss; stress management; low self-esteem and self-confidence; as well as relationship challenges. All of these factors can be contributors to an individual’s addiction and if they are not dealt with during drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Toronto, they can become triggers.

How does Individual Counselling Work?

There is no single guaranteed formula for individual counselling in Toronto. Just as every individual is unique, so are their course of treatments. Whereas some people may benefit from only a few counselling sessions, others may be more likely to improve from long-term therapeutic sessions with a counsellor. This is why Freedom From Addiction works to ensure that an effective approach is customized to meet your drug and alcohol addiction treatment needs. Some common approaches to individual counselling include:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a practical, short-term form of individual psychotherapy that works to develop skills and strategies for a healthier life. CBT helps people in examining the ways in which they perceive what is happening around them and how these perceptions affect the way that they feel. In this approach to individual counselling in Toronto, our clients learn to recognize, challenge and change their thoughts, beliefs and attitudes that are related to their current emotional and behavioural responses that cause them distress.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is evidence-based individual counselling for drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Toronto that treats mood disorders in order to prevent relapse. It focuses on reducing feelings and symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress in a mindful, non-judgmental way. Like CBT, this form of therapy is designed to make clients aware of harmful habitual thinking and choosing to respond in more functional ways.

Solutions-Focused Therapy

Like the name suggests, solutions-focused therapy is future goal-oriented by focuses on solutions rather than the problems that initially brought them to individual counselling. Seeking drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Toronto is the first step towards leading a healthier, sober life and this method helps individuals identify what they need to do to improve their lives.

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy approaches the events in an individual’s as stories that have a varying degree of significance on a person’s life. In this method of individual counselling, the therapist does not take on the role of the expert, instead helping the client to see how they are an expert on their own life. In this way, the client can separate their goals, values and skills that define them from their problems, including addiction.

Who can benefit from Individual Counselling?

Addiction is a serious problem and substance abuse appears in many different ways. Alcoholics, for example, face different challenges than those addicted to prescription drugs, cocaine or meth. Anyone who is suffering from substance abuse problems and coinciding mental health issues can benefit from individual counselling in Toronto.

All of Freedom From Addiction’s counsellors are active in a client’s journey to recovery. Counsellors understand what every client is going through, as they too, at some stage of their lives, have battled or been an active part of addiction.

Individual Counselling at Freedom From Addiction

Freedom From Addiction offers individual counselling in Toronto for drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Unlike many treatment centres, we focus on a one-on-one approach to counselling with more than four individual sessions a week. We take careful measures to ensure that each and every one of our clients is matched with the right counsellor.

To find out how Freedom From Addiction can help you overcome challenges you may be facing to lead a better life, contact us today.

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