Honor the power of your voice and begin your journey with us today!
Honor the power of your voice and begin your journey with us today!

Individual Therapy

At Royal Life Centers, each guest is assigned a primary therapist upon admission. During individual therapy, guests will work closely with their primary therapist throughout their stay with us. Our addiction therapists conduct a thorough biopsychosocial and spiritual assessment of each guest to determine the most effective means of treatment for their individual needs, goals, and circumstances. 

With the help of your therapist, you will collaborate in the creation of your individual service plan (ISP). Using your ISP, you and your individual therapist will identify the aspects of your life that you want to change or improve upon during your one-on-one sessions.

Individual therapy

Individual Therapy Sessions

During detox and residential treatment, guests will attend individual therapy sessions each day. During outpatient, individual sessions are held once per week. It is important that guests realize that therapy is a collaborative process and that communication is two-sided— neither guest nor therapist should do all the talking. For therapy to be impactful and inspire change, both parties must express their own thoughts, as well as their responses to thoughts expressed by the other.


Often, individual therapy can help guests gain a better understanding of their substance use disorder, increase motivation to live a substance-free life, learn healthy stress management tactics, forge stronger relationships, and build self-worth. It is also particularly helpful in treating co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety, as treatment and diagnosis efforts are focused on one guest at a time.

Individualized Therapeutic Approach

At Royal Life Centers, we do not believe that pre-packaged, pre-determined treatment tracks are appropriate or effective when treating substance abuse. Instead, we take measures to ensure that our therapists have the needed resources and skills to collaborate with guests on individualized, specialized treatment plans that accommodate guests’ unique circumstances, needs, and goals. Because We Care, our guests and their well-being always come first.

At Royal Life Centers, our addiction therapists are trained in a variety of therapy practices to ensure optimal counseling and treatment. 

Therapy in Your Individualized Treatment Plan

At Royal Life Centers, we do not subscribe to a “one size fits all” approach, instead, we tailor each guest’s treatment to specifically fit their needs, goals, circumstances and interests. Each guest is able to choose from a wide variety of therapeutic offerings, hand-picking the group therapies that apply to them. We don’t believe in a universal treatment experience, because each guest must undergo a personal recovery experience in order to reach his or her full potential and address individual needs. 

Behavioral Therapies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most common therapeutic approaches used in individual therapy sessions. CBT is a present-oriented, problem-solving form of psychotherapy that helps you to reframe your mind by catching, challenging, and changing limiting thoughts and core beliefs that feed addictive behaviors and result in a cycle of unwanted feelings. CBT helps you change negative core beliefs including:

  • Hopelessness
  • Helplessness
  • Worthlessness

In individual therapy, you and your CBT therapist will focus on identifying and addressing dysfunctional thinking which is highly effective for many people. Also known as talk therapy, CBT provides a safe and empathetic space to uncover and unpack the underlying factors that contributed to your addiction. In doing so, you challenge negative thoughts and use coping skills to manage cravings and prevent relapse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Our addiction therapists are also certified in teaching dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). The dialectical approach to individual therapy is a skills-based path to healing that focuses on four main skillsets, including:

  • Mindfulness skills
  • Distress tolerance skills
  • Emotion regulation skills
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills

In individual therapy, your DBT therapist will teach you a wide variety of DBT skills and healthy coping mechanisms. These therapy skills will provide you with a stronger sense of self-worth and control that is invaluable during recovery and life in general. You will also practice your skills within group sessions and discuss your use of skills with your individual therapist to track your progress and troubleshoot any problems you may experience. This can be incredibly helpful if you’re struggling to identify why you hit roadblocks along the path to recovery.

We also deploy other forms of behavioral therapies, depending on what therapy types you respond best to. Other behavioral therapies we use here at Royal include: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Our experienced clinicians may choose a variety of therapy types to create a custom treatment plan that is designed specifically to suit your needs and goals in recovery.

Individual Therapy for Mental Health Disorders

At Royal Life Centers, you’re assigned a primary therapist upon admission. You will work closely with them during your stay with us. Our addiction therapists conduct thorough biopsychosocial and spiritual assessments to determine the most effective means of treatment for each guest’s needs, goals, and circumstances. 

Your primary therapist will also use your mental health evaluation to treat any co-occurring mental health disorders with tailored therapeutic treatments. For instance, those with depression and anxiety may benefit from CBT techniques. Similarly, those struggling with borderline personality disorder, emotional dysregulation, and rejection sensitivity can benefit from DBT skills training. 

Life-skills Training in Individual Therapy

Our therapists work one-on-one with our guests in a safe, open environment to help them overcome personal obstacles, negative feelings, dysfunctional emotions, low self-esteem, poor coping mechanisms, and other underlying issues that contribute to their substance use disorder and/or associated mental health disorders.

  • Trauma

  • Personal obstacles

  • Negative feelings

  • Dysfunctional emotions

  • Low self-esteem

  • Poor coping mechanisms

  • Unhealthy attachment styles

  • Grief and loss

Not only will you understand yourself better as you participate in one-on-one sessions, but you will have the necessary skills to combat cravings, cope with stressful situations, and maintain your sobriety.

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