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How Long Should Psychotherapy Last

shutterstock_122189686“How long will it last?” is one of the questions people most often ask when they are about to begin psychotherapy–especially if it’s their first time.

The answer I usually give isn’t the one people want to hear,

4 thoughts on “How Long Should Psychotherapy Last

  • September 21, 2014 at 9:36 am

    For some of us with deep, lifelong disorders, you might as well ask “how long does a diabetic need insulin?”

  • September 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    How long? IT ALSO DEPENDS ON THE THERAPIST. Some are excellent; but many, many are terrible. How long would it take if a therapist responds to you in silence and NEVER says anything in therapy, when you have begged her to? How long when a therapist demeans and screams at you? How long when a therapist hates men & demands that you do, too? I have encountered these therapists and other terrible ones.

  • September 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I am a Licensed Psychologist in Venice and Sarasota Florida. I have been asked this question by many patients. Many times the reason or feelings that prompt the questions about length of treatment are helpful to explore. Finding a therapist who is a good match is very important. You need a good fit to get the best results. Give it a few sessions… some things don’t feel good to talk about or think about but are you comfortable talking to this person? Great psychology blog!

  • September 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    The article does not mention that cost of therapy might determine how long it will last. The option to continue psychotherapy for a long term might not be available to those with financial constraint. The cost of typical weekly therapy sessions might amount to more than the monthly payments for a luxury automobile. The average person who might want or need therapy is at a disadvantage with out the disposable financial resources of the well off. From personal experience I found my attempt at therapy to have left me for the worst due to this financial anxiety. My therapist’s lack of understanding in refusing to consider short term treatment because she thought it to be ineffective and I must continue, left me feeling like I was being denied “first aid”. She didn’t seem to understand that I was terminating because I could no longer afford to continue.


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