Individual counseling is a form of therapy in which the client is treated one-on-one with a therapist. The most popular form of therapy, individual counseling can encompass many different treatment styles including psychoanalysis and cognitive-behavioral therapy. In a safe, caring, and confidential environment individuals are encouraged to explore their feelings, beliefs, and behaviors. Individual counseling allows the individual to work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.