Individual Counseling & Psychotherapy
in Orange County

Orange County Mental Health Treatment

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Therapy Individualized For You

Mental health care is important for daily function. People suffering from mental health issues need to know that there are solutions to their concerns.

There are a wide range of treatment options available for people who need treatment for mental health. Psychotherapy in Orange County has many approaches that can be helpful in the treatment process. 

First Light Recovery provides unique, patient-tailored psychotherapy treatments and techniques to improve each patient’s well-being.

What Is Psychotherapy/Individual Therapy

Psychotherapy is the treatment of a psychological disorder or series of psychological disorders and mental distress through psychological and verbal techniques. Many patients sometimes feel that what they are experiencing isn’t enough to seek help. They may also be unsure about the support psychotherapy offers.

However, anyone can benefit from psychotherapy by becoming more aware of how they see the world. Talking to a professional can help patients explore their thoughts, feelings, and concerns to improve their mental and physical health.

First Light Recovery offers different types of psychotherapy techniques. Each technique is aimed at helping patients gain back control over their mental and physical selves. Consequently, finding the right psychotherapy treatment for individual patients depends on the patient and their situation.

While psychotherapy techniques may differ in practice, almost all involve developing a therapeutic relationship with the patient.

Types of Psychotherapy Techniques

Psychotherapy in Orange County helps patients recover from their mental and physical conditions using different therapy techniques. The choice of therapy type also depends on each patient’s illness, circumstances, and treatment preference.

For the best possible outcomes, individual therapy treatments in Orange County may also involve using multiple elements from different treatment approaches. Common psychotherapy

1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps psychotherapists identify and change the patient’s possibly harmful or unhelpful behaviors. They do this by working with the patient to create more effective and helpful behaviors.

CBT is beneficial for patients who struggle with anxiety, depression, or other disorders that are related to trauma. CBT makes it easier for psychiatrists and patients to recognize current problems. While also finding the best tools to deal with them more effectively.

2. Interpersonal Therapy

This psychotherapy technique focuses on helping patients with underlying personal issues that may affect their social, personal, or professional lives. Such personal issues may stem from a variety of sources. These may include unresolved grief, conflict with peers or loved ones, or sudden changes in the patient’s everyday life.

We use interpersonal therapy to create healthy communication skills. Patients will learn how to relate these skills to resolve daily life burdens and conflicts. This psychotherapy treatment technique has proved to be very effective in treating depression.

3. Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is most commonly used for patients with suicidal thoughts. These thoughts may occur for a number of reasons. Some of the reasons include:


DBT helps patients process and regulate their emotions. It also teaches them new skills to help them take responsibility for negative or unhealthy behavior. Our DBT technique is effective in helping improve our patient’s social relationships and quality of living.

4. Psychoanalysis

This is a more intensive psychotherapy technique that examines the patient’s subconscious motivators or desires.

Therapists use these factors to understand how they influence their relationships, thoughts, and actions. By examining the patient’s subconscious ideas, therapists can help patients become more self-aware of them and work toward promoting healing.

5. Supportive Therapy

This psychotherapy treatment uses guidance and encouragement to help build self-esteem, strengthen coping mechanisms, and reduce anxiety in patients. Supportive therapy also uses guidance and encouragement to improve the patient’s social and community functioning. This is done by assisting them in dealing with issues relating to their mental health.

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What Does Psychotherapy Treat?

First light Recovery uses evidence-based, experimental, and holistic approaches to assess, diagnose, and treat each patient’s mental condition. Psychotherapy only works when the patient is open to sharing their thoughts and feelings with the therapist. It is essential for patients to communicate honestly and openly with their therapist.
Patients must also keep in mind that psychotherapy takes time. Each case is different and unique depending on their mental condition and current circumstance.
This segment expounds on the list of mental health conditions psychotherapy may treat:

  • Anxiety disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), PTSD, specific phobias, panic disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), or separation anxiety disorder
  • Personality Disorders such as BPD or Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Eating disorders such as Bulimia or Anorexia
  • Mood disorders such as depression
  • Addictions such as compulsive gambling and substance use disorder
  • Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, or other psychotic disorders


While psychotherapy helps treat these mental health conditions, it can also help patients experiencing other life stresses and conflicts, including:

  • Getting better sleep
  • Recovering from a physical or sexual abuse
  • Relieving stress or anxiety
  • Increasing low self-esteem
  • Resolving relationship issues
  • Coping with major life changes like the death of a loved one, divorce, or loss of a job


Some mental health conditions respond best to medication or a combination of therapy and medication. Talk to our healthcare professionals to assess your mental condition. We will provide the most effective blended approach for the best possible results.

What to Expect at First Light Recovery?

When starting psychotherapy treatment, there are a few steps the patient should process.

First Visit

During the first visit, our therapists talk to the patient about their background and what brought them to therapy. This allows the therapist and patient to know each other better and possibly start building some trust.

Starting Psychotherapy

The patient meets in the therapist’s office at least once a week or every other week for short sessions. These sessions with a trained therapist may last for up to one hour. Therapists can also organize these sessions in the patient’s hospital if they have been admitted for further treatment. A licensed therapist will be able to assess the needs of the patient to determine the course of treatment.

Later Visits

Here, the patient will discuss with their therapist what they intend to accomplish with the therapy sessions. The patient will be more open to discussing deeper issues by this stage. These may include what’s causing them pain or holding them back from functioning optimally.

Also, the length of the therapy sessions depends on the specific therapy technique being used. In addition, the personal needs of the patient will be considered. Some psychotherapy sessions may be shorter-term, while others may require more intensive treatments. These sessions may take more time before reaching the underlying cause of the mental condition.

Get the Help You Need with Psychotherapy in Orange County

Our qualified and experienced psychotherapists assess, diagnose, and prescribe the best psychotherapy treatment and medication. We work with all of our patients to assess what approach is best for the given circumstances and unique conditions.

Remember, each patient’s mental health needs are unique and require specialized attention from professional therapists. First Light Recovery in Orange County, California, is here to support all mental health needs.

We understand that it is not always easy to seek treatment for mental health concerns. First Light Recovery is here to help you take the first step and remind you that you are not alone.

Get in touch or call 949-326-3658 to schedule an appointment with our team to learn more about our services.