How many sessions will I need?
This is an important consideration to discuss when we meet. The outcome will very much be informed by what you bring to the initial session.
Short-term counselling of 6-12 sessions can be very effective to deal with (and resolve) difficulties that have recently surfaced in your life; for instance, stresses at work, challenges from a new relationship or a difficult bereavement.
Longer-term or open-ended psychotherapy is likely to be more appropriate if, for instance, the difficulties you are presenting have been around for a while and are more historic in nature; continue to be troublesome in their impact on your current life including relationships; and simply haven’t been resolved despite all your intentions. Having the time to explore these in greater depth will offer a new level of understanding and, with it, lasting solutions.
During therapy, we will regularly review how things are going. This includes working towards a planned ending.