Individual Therapy at Hanley Center

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An integral part of addiction treatment is individual therapy.

Mental health disorders are often at the center of addictive behaviors. When psychological issues are undiagnosed or untreated, symptoms can trigger the use of intoxicating substances as a form of self-medication. The corrosive effects of continual drug and alcohol misuse will cause the symptoms of psychological and emotional disorders to worsen, and the worsening mental state will trigger further substance use. The cycle can be perpetual without the right mental health treatment.

If you struggle with co-occurring conditions, individual therapy will help you recognize patterns of substance misuse and how they’re triggered. Mental health conditions like mood fluctuations, anxiety, fear, or depression will exacerbate substance misuse and interfere with treatment if they’re ignored.

At Hanley Center, we offer a team of empathetic mental health professionals who have in-depth experience with a broad spectrum of compassionate and effective therapeutic interventions. Together, we can help you discover a plan that integrates individual therapy into your recovery treatment.

Through individual therapy, you can identify the conditions that cause mental health problems, such as:

  • Bereavement
  • Complex traumas, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Home, work, and school-related stress
  • Unhealthy family dynamics
  • Unhealthy relationships

Using individual therapy, either in-office or performed remotely, our team of therapists will offer you the tools you need to maintain your emotional balance, even in highly challenging situations. We recognize the importance of having effective stress management skills. The Hanley Center team is dedicated to delivering empathetic, customized treatment plans that promote full-body wellbeing.

What are the benefits of individual therapy?

You are not alone if you suffer from mental health issues. According to the National Center of Drug Abuse Statistics, approximately 9 million Americans over the age of 18 struggle with a substance use disorder and co-occurring psychological disorder.  The key to recovery is to find therapies tailored to your specific background, age, gender identity, and lifestyle. Our focus is on building a comprehensive treatment program that meets your individual needs.

Individual therapy can facilitate your recovery by:

  • Helping you recognize how your emotions and impulses trigger substance misuse
  • Teaching you how to manage and overcome negative, harmful thoughts
  • Giving you the tools that allow you to address unhealthy relationships and stressful situations in a healthy, productive manner
  • Helping you replace negative actions and impulses with positive behaviors

Hanley Center specializes in the following individual therapy services.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

People trapped in cycles of addiction struggle with negative thought patterns and behaviors. This form of continual self-defeating messaging can directly contribute to substance misuse. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychological approach that enables you to break free of destructive, unhealthy thought patterns and embrace more constructive ways of thinking. It is a highly effective treatment for a wide variety of mental health conditions, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy addresses the following conditions that can lead to substance misuse:

  • Persistently negative thought patterns, automatically sensing the worst motives in people, and constantly dwelling on potentially bad outcomes
  • Pursuing or maintaining relationships that are unhealthy or abusive
  • Family history of addiction disorders

Trauma Therapy

People with a history of complex trauma or PTSD are especially vulnerable to substance use disorders. At Hanley Center, we offer treatment programs specifically designed to identify causes of trauma and address them using techniques designed to minimize the possibility of re-traumatization. Our team specializes in a treatment model known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an intervention that can effectively re-train how the mind processes the memories of traumatic experiences.

Trauma therapy can help address the following issues:

  • Abuse by a partner, parent, or family member
  • Night terrors and trauma-related sleep disorders
  • Violent physical assault

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an intervention that was first introduced to help people with severe personality disorders and suicidal ideation develop mechanisms that change destructive thought and behavior patterns.

Dialectical behavior therapy helps with the following conditions:

  • Pervasive doomsday thinking
  • Self-harm impulses
  • Eating disorders

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a communication tool designed to empower people with the support and information necessary to pursue change.

Motivational interviewing is recommended when the following conditions are present:

  • Lack of confidence
  • Ambivalence about engaging in recovery
  • Long-term cycles of recovery and substance reuse
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Heal at Hanley Center

Individual therapy is a key component in the recovery process. With individually tailored counseling sessions available either on-site or remotely, we work with you to address damaging thoughts and impulses. We can help you change harmful thought patterns and uncover your best life through targeted individual therapy. 

If you have questions about individual therapy and how it can benefit you, please contact us to learn more about our approach to recovery.


Call the caring staff at Hanley Center today 561.841.1033. Recovery is possible.

Hanley Center: Most Insurance Accepted

Address: 933 45th Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33407