Individual psychotherapy involves a client and a therapist talking together about problems that the client hopes to resolve or goals that he or she would like to accomplish. The psychotherapist selects therapeutic interventions that are designed to facilitate change. The success of psychotherapy is facilitated by a supportive therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client. For more than 100 years, psychotherapists have developed a wide variety of interventions designed to solve problems and promote change.

The Talking Cure

The history of modern individual therapy is often traced to Vienna in the 1890s when Sigmund Freud and Josef Breuer collaborated to describe the treatment of hysteria based on having the patient talk to a doctor about disturbing feelings and memories. They named this new treatment method psychoanalysis, ...

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