This depends on many factors and the how far back the presenting issues extend. Most people begin to find some relief and positive change within the first 4 sessions of meeting on a weekly basis. By the end of the first session we would be in a position to decide how many sessions would be required in order to complete the work safely and effectively.
For issues of childhood or sexual abuse I would use a more psychodynamic approach, which would be upwards of 12 sessions.
For the majority of clients presenting with Life Events, Couples Counselling, Anxiety and Bereavement it would normally be between 6 – 12 sessions.
Ultimately; counselling cannot immediately change someone’s situation, but it can help to change the way we think about it and therefore reduce anxiety. Once we get into a calm space we can explore choices that help us become happier.
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