Live Oaks Wellness

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy in San Francisco is an essential part of recovery from alcohol and substance use disorders. At Live Oaks Wellness, we incorporate individual therapy as part of detoxification and residential treatment programs. Our compassionate staff provides comprehensive care and personalized treatment plans to ensure our clients have the best chance at sustainable recovery. 

What is Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy, also called individual psychotherapy and talk therapy, provides private and confidential one-on-one sessions with a licensed and trained therapist to help individuals work through the issues that are contributing to their addictions. During therapy, individuals learn how to uncover the underlying causes and triggers related to their addiction. Once they do, they can start working on developing effective coping strategies. 

Another aspect of individual therapy is to start rebuilding and repairing the damage caused by addiction. This can involve rebuilding relationships with family and friends, restoring self-esteem and self-confidence, and learning how to love and care for yourself. 

Types of Therapy Used at Live Oaks Wellness

At Live Oaks Wellness, various therapeutic approaches are used to help clients lay a solid foundation for long-term sobriety and improved physical and mental health. Some of the therapies we offer include:


  • Trauma-informed care: Trauma-informed care is to help individuals acknowledge how trauma relates to their addiction, current behaviors, emotions, and relationships. Our therapists help individuals process their trauma in our safe and supportive environment while promoting healing and resilience. 
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI): MI uses a client-centered approach to help encourage behavioral changes by exploring any ambivalence toward addiction recovery and working on positive changes to improve one’s life. We help our clients identify their motivations for change, help them resolve conflicting feelings, and help them set attainable goals and objectives. 
  • CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most common evidence-based therapies used as part of addiction treatment. It challenges negative thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors and helps people develop healthier and positive changes for improved well-being.
  • DBT: Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) combines mindfulness practices with cognitive behavioral techniques to help people learn to regulate their emotions and thoughts. It also helps individuals improve their interpersonal skills and develop the tools needed to work through distressing situations and conflicts. 

How Individual Therapy Is Used During the Detox Process

Individual therapy in San Francisco, used during the detox process, is a vital component to help individuals navigate the challenges of withdrawal symptoms and start their recovery journeys. Some ways we use individual therapy as part of our personalized detox processes include:

  • Thorough assessment: Individual therapy begins the moment a person starts detox. Our therapists want to learn more about the individual, their alcohol and substance use history, medical history, family history, and other relevant information. We also take the time to listen to any concerns and issues the person has about detox.  
  • Personalized care plan: Using the information obtained during the evaluation, a customized care plan is created and tailored to the individual’s specific needs. This plan will include various types of individual therapies that are most beneficial to detox treatment. 
  • Addressing carvings and triggers: During detox, it is not uncommon to experience intense cravings. Individual therapy helps individuals develop effective coping strategies for dealing with cravings, as well as identifying triggers that lead to addiction. 
  • Psychoeducation: Individual therapy during detox includes psychoeducation, where individuals learn more about their addiction, the detox process, recovery tools we use, and developing relapse prevention strategies. 
  • Comprehensive healing: Detoxification sets the stage for ongoing therapy by clearing the body of substances, making it easier to engage in meaningful therapeutic work.
  • Developing a support system: Our clients collaborate with our therapists to build and develop a support system to use during detox and afterward. Having the support of family, friends, and peers is vital to substance recovery. 
  • Goal setting: Individual counseling in detox also involves creating and setting attainable goals. These goals will vary from person to person but often include overcoming daily triggers, taking things one hour at a time to one day at a time, and setting sobriety milestones.
  • Emotional support. Individual therapy offers emotional support and guidance to help people navigate detox and address withdrawal symptoms. 
  • Lays the foundation for long-term success: Both detox and individual therapy are vital components to being able to maintain sustained sobriety long term. 

How Often Are Individual Therapy Sessions Held?

The frequency of individual therapy sessions will vary based on each person’s unique needs and treatment plan. Most clients begin with bi-weekly sessions when first starting detox and then transition to weekly sessions. However, if you need additional one-on-one time, we are happy to schedule additional sessions to ensure you receive the personalized care you need for your recovery. 

Benefits of Individual Therapy for Addiction Recovery

There are several benefits of individual therapy for addiction recovery, including:

  • Learning how to change unhealthy beliefs, emotions, and thought patterns
  • Developing coping skills that work specifically for you and your triggers
  • Uncovering triggers to help improve relapse prevention strategies
  • Increasing self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improving and repairing damaged relationships
  • Process trauma and other personal issues in a healthy manner
  • Improving impulse control and emotional regulation to deal with stressful situations
  • Gaining a better understanding of yourself and your addiction

What Qualifications Do Live Oaks Therapists Have?

At Live Oaks Wellness, our diverse team of licensed and skilled therapists have the expertise and knowledge to help meet your specific treatment needs and recovery goals. We want to help you succeed in overcoming addiction and reduce the risk of relapse by supporting you every step of your recovery journey, even long after detox. 

Start Individual Therapy in San Francisco Today

Are you ready to start your journey to self-discovery, healing, and overcoming addiction? Take the first step toward an alcohol and substance-free life with medically supervised detox and individual therapy in San Francisco at Live Oaks Wellness today. Our compassionate therapists are here to support and guide you on the path to positive change while empowering you to reach your full potential. Contact us now to begin your path to a brighter tomorrow.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, individual therapy is one-on-one counseling with a licensed therapist, while group therapy involves participating in a therapeutic group setting with peers.

The frequency of sessions can vary depending on your needs and treatment plan, but typically, they are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly.

Our therapists are licensed professionals with expertise in addiction treatment and various therapeutic modalities.

The duration of therapy varies from person to person, depending on individual progress and treatment goals. Some individuals may engage in therapy for several months, while others may continue for longer periods.

Yes, individual therapy is a versatile approach that can be adapted to address various forms of addiction, including substance abuse, alcohol addiction, and behavioral addictions.