Dr. Andre, How long will therapy take?
How long therapy takes depends on the issues, what the client wants to
accomplish,and how engaged the client is in the therapy. For this reason,
it is important to clearly identify the client’s goals at the start of
therapy and give the client a rough idea of what methods or techniques will
be used to get to those goals. This helps clients get a better idea of
what the time span would be.
Some examples for length of therapy are:
Couples counseling, if the couple want to change some patterns in their
relationship this would average from three to six months to clarify the
goals and work through how to make the desired changes. It takes practice
and support to change patterns that have been in place for a while.
Transitions such as making a career change or committing to a relationship
can often be worked through in three to ten sessions. The person needs
help weighing their options and usually knows on a deeper level their own
answers but needs help getting to those answers.
Issues such as depression or anxiety can often be alleviated in 5 to 10
sessions if they are a matter of the person being in denial about changes
that needs to be made in their life. Sometimes in working on these issues
other problems such as early abuse will surface and this can require more
long term work.
Physical or sexual abuse or serious family dysfunction especially at a
young age can require a year or two of therapy. The imprints made on a
young mind are much deeper and interfere with normal development, so
children or adults who have experienced this as a child can expect to be
involved in long term therapy. However, this time frame which would have
been 5 – 10 years in the past has been greatly sped up with the new
therapies that help to open up neural pathways and release the energy
charge held in the body from the traumas.
These are therapies such as EMDR, AIT, EFT and Energy Psychology.