Sessions are 50 minutes long and are usually scheduled weekly at the same time. Ensuring that therapy is regular and consistent has been shown to support the development of the therapeutic relationship and help clients make effective progress.
The course of therapy lasts for as long as you wish it to continue.
With some clients, especially those coming with very specific issues to work on, the work may be short term. Typcially this might be between 6 and 10 sessions, working with clear goals and keeping a fairly sharp focus.
Other clients come with a more open personal growth agenda, or wanting to work at deeper level, for instance to deal with issues from the past or to change deep rooted patterns. This kind of work is often more open ended and longer term, sometimes with breaks in between.
There is no need to decide what’s best for you at the outset. Usually I suggest we plan for five sessions initially and then review towards the end to see where we've got to and to assess whether continuing work would be worthwhile. During the time you remain in therapy we will always continue to review the work regularly together to ensure it remains effective for you and that you are getting what you need.
However long you come, the choice is yours, but it can be really helpful to know if/when you wish to stop coming. This is so that we are able to plan our ending, review our work together and can end well, without any unfinished business that you might be left with.