Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a one-on-one therapeutic process that empowers people to overcome emotional, behavioral or relationship difficulties. At Allenmore Psychological Associates (APA), we have specialized in providing compassionate and effective individual counseling for nearly three decades. The truth is that we all have times in our lives when we need to lean on others. Our therapists feel truly privileged to be able to meet this need for their clients. APA has earned a longstanding reputation for providing caring and dependable counseling services for residents of University Place, Tacoma, and Gig Harbor, WA and the surrounding region. Our team currently includes over a dozen counselors of varying ages and genders, each of whom is highly trained in providing individual counseling (see our provider profiles for more information). Individual Counseling Session in Gig Harbor, WADay in and day out, we help individuals living in Tacoma and surrounding communities such as the aforementioned University Place and Gig Harbor, as well as Lakewood, Puyallup, Federal Way, and Olympia, WA. If you are at a difficult point in your life and could use some support, our counselors look forward to doing the same for you.

When you enter individual therapy at APA our counselors provide a warm and accepting environment in which you can feel comfortable discussing whatever difficulties or concerns lead you to seek treatment. Your initial visit will allow you and your therapist to get to know one another and establish a working relationship. Our counselors will be interested in hearing your personal story and learning about what you hope to accomplish through treatment. By getting to know you and your unique history, they will be better equipped to determine how the two of you can best achieve your goals. Our providers take a collaborative approach, and will work with you to put together a plan for overcoming the problems you are experiencing. In turn, your specific goals and treatment plan will help you and your therapist make decisions about the number and frequency of your counseling sessions.

Why Clients Seek Individual Counseling

At certain points in our lives we all experience obstacles or difficulties that impact our health and wellbeing. Sometimes we get stuck, and our life doesn’t seem to be working or moving forward like it should. The cause might be a major transition, life stressors, interpersonal conflict, traumatic events, or a combination of these and other factors. Most of us believe we should be able to solve our own problems without help from others. But in reality, there are times when we can’t find a solution on our own because we are overwhelmed, too close the situation, or busy avoiding the problem in hopes that it will simply go away. What our counselors here at APA know from years of experience is that during these times our thoughts and beliefs can easily become distorted, negative, and self-limiting. When this occurs, it is difficult for any of us to know what steps we need to take in order to overcome the barriers preventing us from feeling better.
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Many people will talk to a friend or relative when they need help. Our loved ones can be a great resource, but often we benefit most from talking to someone with an unbiased viewpoint. Additionally, some people are hesitant to talk about their problems because they don’t want to feel like a burden to those around them. Confidentiality can also be an important consideration. Sometimes it is the very fact that we feel close to our loved ones which makes it difficult to tell them exactly what we’re experiencing. Once we reach a certain level of distress the priority becomes making sure we receive the help we need to begin feeling better. At these times, it can be invaluable to have a relationship with someone who is impartial, compassionate, and trained to assist us in finding solutions to the problems that cause us to suffer.

People seek individual counseling for a variety of reasons. They may be troubled by depression, anxiety, mood swings, cognitive problems, compulsive and addictive behaviors, traumatic memories, strained relationships, or a variety of other symptoms. One in five people will experience a depressive episode in their lifetime. Fifteen percent of the population is troubled by anxiety in one form or another. In addition, most of us will experience some kind of relationship strain during our adult years. The good news is that these symptoms and problems are highly treatable. People regularly overcome these and other mental health concerns by working with qualified mental health counselors. When looking for a counselor, residents of Tacoma, Lakewood, University Place and nearby communities find empathy and experience with the counselors at APA.

The First Individual Counseling Visit

The counselors at Allenmore Psychological Associates strive to provide a warm, accepting and confidential therapeutic environment where you can feel safe sharing personal information about your difficulties to get the help you need. The initial visit allows you and the counselor to get to know one another and to establish a working relationship. The counselor will want to know what kind of difficulties you are experiencing, the solutions you have utilized in the past in order to overcome difficulties in your life and how helpful they were. In addition, your counselor will be interested to learn about how your functioning has been effected and the reasons that you are seeking help now. The initial visit also provides an opportunity to begin Hello I Am Someone Who Can Help Nametag Words Allenmore Counseling to learn about your family and developmental history, your relationship and marital history, and your school and work history. Finally, your counselor will want to know what you want to change or accomplish – or in other words, your goals for counseling.

You and your counselor will then develop a treatment plan focused on overcoming your problems and reaching your goals for counseling. The frequency and number of sessions will depend on a number of factors including the severity of your problems and your goals for counseling. The treatment strategies utilized to address symptoms and problems vary depending on the needs and strengths of the client. There are many different approaches to counseling: psychodynamic, hypnosis, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), to name a few. Depending on the nature of your difficulties, your counselor may utilize one or several of these approaches.

Many of our counselors prefer to use a cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment. This involves identifying and changing the expectations, beliefs, and patterns of negative thinking that cause and maintain symptoms and problem behavior. It also involves teaching coping skills and new, healthy patterns of behavior. Most of our counselors are active and directive as opposed to passive and non-directive when doing counseling. They frequently work with their clients to develop assignments to be completed between sessions. Counseling works best when you are actively engaged in the therapeutic process and work on your issues and difficulties outside the session.

Getting Started with Individual Counseling at APA

At first, many people feel anxious or intimidated about the idea of meeting with a counselor. For this reason, often one of the most difficult aspects of individual counseling is taking the first step of making a phone call to schedule an appointment. In that same vein, the second most difficult step can be showing up for their first session with one of our counselors. The good news, then, is that by simply scheduling and attending one appointment many clients have already overcome their biggest obstacles to feeling better. And what’s more, once everything is said and done, the vast majority of clients tell us they are glad they contacted us and came in for that initial session.

Here at Allenmore Psychological Associates, we understand that the process of connecting with a counselor and scheduling an initial appointment can feel overwhelming. For this reason, we have assembled a group of highly trained and compassionate front office professionals, each of whom have been invaluable members of our team for many years. These individuals genuinely enjoy talking with new clients, and will be there to walk you step by step through the process of getting scheduled to meet with a counselor at Allenmore Psychological Associates. To get the process started, simply call us at (253) 752-7320.