What Is Therapy?
How Does Therapy or Psychotherapy Help?
How long does therapy take?
The length of your therapy depends on your therapeutic goals. In general, the more specific your goals are, the less time the it takes. For example, if you seek therapy because you have a specific phobia, such as flying, or test taking, therapy tends to last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
On the other hand, long-term therapy is better suited to addressing more subtle emotional issues, such as long standing dissatisfaction with different areas of your life. Long-term therapy goes deeper into the origins of unwanted feelings and behaviors, and can help you to change undesirable patterns of thinking, feeling and acting. Long-term therapy is less structured than short-term, and it can be very effective in alleviating emotional distress and promoting change.
You may wonder whether short-term or longer-term therapy is appropriate for you. My goal, by the end of the first session or two with a client, is to grasp with some clarity the psychological issues, and to devise a strategy for treatment. I discuss my impressions with my clients, and we jointly plan treatment.
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