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857,310 people sought individual therapy help in Virginia in the last year

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Hear from our clinicians

What is your go-to approach for individual therapy?

William: My go-to approach for helping people in individual therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy. However, I stress that every individual is unique and therefore will craft a treatment plan with specific approaches based on the individual needs.

Christina: One of my go-to approaches for helping people in individual therapy is identifying values and strengths. I find that when people are able to lean into their values and strengths, they are more able to tackle the challenges that brought them to therapy in the first place. Often, people don't realize what they're capable of with the strengths they currently have.

What tools do you teach in individual therapy?

William: I teach the following tools in individual therapy:

  • Positive psychology
  • Person-centered therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • And several other tools depending on the individual

Christina: Tools I commonly use in individual therapy include:

  • Coping skills identification worksheet: This tool includes different types of coping skills (thought challenging, grounding, distraction, etc.) and descriptions about when each category may or may not be helpful.
  • Values identification: With this tool, I help individuals identify their core values and how they show up in daily life. From there, individuals are able to make decisions based on these values.
  • Metaphors: While this is a very general tool, I often find that individuals are better able to express their emotions and thoughts through metaphors. I will use metaphors presented by the individual and build on them in order to better understand the situation or to identify solutions to the challenges at hand. I also enjoy using metaphors to explain clinical concepts to help individuals understand their own thought processes.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy?

William: I know a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy when their original goals for therapy are fulfilled when they demonstrate an increased sense of self-awareness, development of healthier coping strategies, and grow into the best possible self they can be.

Christina: I know a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy when they are excited to come into session and share the successes they have had since the last time we met. Additionally, I often notice changes in thought patterns between when we first meet to the time that the client is making noticeable meaningful progress. Many times, these shifts may seem small at first, but they often build on themselves.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement individual therapy?

William: Clients can supplement their time in individual therapy by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, practicing good self-care, and continuing what was discussed in therapy and applying it to daily life.

Christina: Clients can supplement their time in individual therapy by connecting with supportive others, reflecting on what was discussed in the previous session, and engaging in self-care activities.

What should someone do to prepare for starting individual therapy?

William: To prepare for your first individual therapy session, I encourage you to first, give yourself a pat on the back. Coming in for an intake, especially if this is your first time in therapy, demonstrates a lot of bravery. You've already completed the hardest step!

Christina: To prepare for your first individual therapy session, think about things that you want your therapist to know about you, and consider what your goals for therapy are.

Starting Individual therapy

What is individual therapy?

Individual therapy, also known as individual-counseling, allows people to engage in private sessions with a skilled therapist, counselor, or psychologist. The core objective of individual therapy is to establish a secure and confidential setting where they can openly discuss whatever emotional, psychological, or behavioral challenges you face. Through these one-on-one sessions, the client and therapist work together to delve into, comprehend, and ultimately find solutions for the issues at hand in their life.

How does individual therapy work?

Individual therapy unfolds in a structured process, commencing with an initial assessment in which the therapist gathers essential information about your history, concerns, and objectives. Together, you and your therapist collaboratively establish specific, attainable goals for your sessions, which can encompass symptom alleviation, personal development, or finding solutions to particular challenges.

Can individual therapy help me?

Yes, individual therapy, also known as individual-counseling, at Thriveworks can help you to improve your mental health and overall quality of life.

Is individual therapy conducted in person or online?

Individual therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does individual therapy last?

The duration of your individual therapy sessions will vary. The decision on the number and frequency of sessions is typically collaboratively determined by the client and therapist.

How much does individual therapy cost?

At Thriveworks, we take most major forms of insurance, which means that many of our clients only pay $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, there are also self-pay options that sit around $200 per session, depending on the service and location, for those who are out-of-network.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Reston therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Reston
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Reston reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Michael was super in working with my wife, me and sometimes our son. He is a good listener, offers suggestions but in the end, we had to make our own decisions. It was good to bounce ideas off him and his manner makes one feel comforted after discussing issues with him. He also responded to my emails and emergency phone calls.
Read more Michael was super in working with my wife, me and sometimes our son. He is a good listener, offers suggestions but in the end, we had to make our own decisions. It was good to bounce ideas off him and his manner makes one feel comforted after discussing issues with him. He also responded to my emails and emergency phone calls.
Reston Mar 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Reston is located on Roger Bacon Dr., which is right off of Wiehle Ave. We share an office building with SCS Engineers, FVCBank, and Parabon Computation, to name a few. We’re also right by Fairfax fields and parks.

Phone number

(703) 782-3073

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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