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Therapy with one family member is appropriate when one individual in the group is motivated to approach difficulties in a new way and assume his/her responsibility in relation to the problem.

Why engage in therapy with one family member?

Depression, anxiety, addictions, problems in regulating emotions, and other symptoms are some of the problems people seek to address through individual sessions. Therapy with one individual is also recommended when in the face of difficulties with the couple, children, family of origin or workplace, the person is willing to work on the part he/she plays not only in creating and sustaining the problem, but also in solving it. Clients approach therapy with the conviction that they can modify something in self to make his/her life better.

The problems might be new. They might have emerged after a particular life event such as a recent death, separation, illness, relocation, or the addition of a new member to the family. They might be long standing and part of the person’s life for many years.

Regardless of the duration of problems, people that come to therapy want to find ways to address them and create a more fulfilling life.

Psychotherapy with one Family Member at Bethesda Family Therapy

Understanding any of these problems in the context of relationships offers a new perspective and options for change. At Bethesda Family Therapy individuals learn about themselves and their families. They develop a new way of thinking about and dealing with the problems that brought them to therapy. They also develop some of the skills that they require to attain their goals.

Expected results

Most clients experience reduced tension and a sense of relief when they engage in therapy. They perceive the therapeutic environment as a safe space for exploring even the most painful life events.

Many find that soon after beginning treatment the intensity of the symptoms decrease and, as treatment progresses, they experience higher levels of wellbeing and greater capacity to relate to others constructively.

It is not unusual, though, to go through a period of time when things get worse before they improve. This is also part of the therapy process. Yet, if the effort is sustained, the majority of clients experience a positive outcome.

Overall, the experience of attending therapy results in less tension, more clarity about the nature of the problem, and the development of skills to navigate present and future life challenges.

Length of treatment

The length of the treatment varies. Some participate in therapy for a brief period of time (6 to 10 sessions) until they feel they have reached a point where they can address their problems on their own in more productive ways.

Others extend their work to strive for more substantive changes. These clients usually have sessions once or twice a month for a longer period of time, usually over a period of several month to a year. Some people stainin contact with Dr. Martinez a few times a year to continue their work over time.