Short term therapy focuses upon recent or "out of character" issues. For example, coping with a recent bereavement, highlighting and managing sources of stress, understanding a difficult aspect of a relationship. There is [usually] a fairly clear focus agreed upon from the outset and this provides a framework for the subsequent sessions.
For issues which have a longer history such as repeating patterns of behaviour in relationships, a difficult and traumatic childhood, or a long standing addiction issue for example, the duration of therapy will be longer. There are many reasons why this is the case, not least because the actual experiencing of the relationship between therapist and client [which takes time] is fundamental to effective long term therapy.
There are also more practical reasons which dictate the duration of therapy. Time and money will often be deciding factors. Therapy is an expensive form of self investment. One that can provide a real benefit for the person but it exists in reality where resources may be limited - consider how much you wish to invest before committing and feel free to mention this at assessment.
People come for all kinds of reasons. For some it may be a clear issue such as alcohol/drug use, panic attacks, depression, relationship issues. For others it's a general sense of unease, or disillusionment with life.
Although there are numerous theoretical approaches to therapy research demonstrates that it is the quality of the relationship between therapist and client which can account for up to 80% of "success". It can be good to read a little before choosing your therapist, if only to see if you intuitively agree with their ideas and theories, but ultimately it is how you feel in their presence which counts.
No. While this can be a real disappointment to people coming for therapy it is a basic fact that no-one can make decisions for you but you. Intentionally therapy takes place within a relationship whereby decision-making and responsibility is geared towards the patient/client.
Yes - but with conditions. It’s a fundamental part of therapy that you feel comfortable and trusting enough to share embarrassing, crazy thoughts or feelings. We all have them. The only caveat to this is that if there is the potential for real harm to oneself or another person then confidentiality may be broken.
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