In individual psychotherapy, the client works with a therapist on an individual basis. Individual therapy aims to identify barriers to success, alleviate internal distress, improve relationships, and develop strategies and new skills that advance a client’s functioning.
Treatment is tailored to the needs of each individual. Psychotherapy focuses on setting and reaching achievable goals, developing skills, and focusing on strengths to improve and change. When the client is a child, individual treatment nearly always involves play and parents are involved significantly in treatment planning with frequent (often weekly) communication/consultation.