Frequently Asked Questions: How long will therapy take?
HIf we work on a focused issue, an incisive intervention can be taken; it may be resolved in a relatively short space of time – typically in about 6-12 weeks.
If we work on deeper and more wide ranging difficulties, therapy may take longer. Because psychotherapy is about making changes and increasing your ability to live life more (truth)fully, it usually takes time. Six months to a year or two would be average for a good course of therapy, but some people want less – many people want more. Many people may not need therapy, but want therapy. The length of time is always determined by the client, and may be discussed and reviewed regularly together.
How long are the sessions, and how often?
A session lasts 50 minutes and takes place once a week. Twice weekly more intensive psychotherapy is also available if required.
How much does it cost?
My fee is currently £50. This is reviewed annually.
Psychotherapy can save you a lot of money in the long term. Some people who come into therapy struggle to manage their lives and their money – being on the edge of divorce or bankruptcy – therapy can help avoid financial disaster by giving clarity of thought and finding out what is important to you and how you would like to make your life work for you.
You can spend £20,000 a year on private schooling or have a debt of £30,000 after university and still not be able to make your life work. Therapy costs a fraction of this and can help you find out what you really want to do with your life and how to manage it well, by becoming more connected with yourself and relate to yourself more deeply.
Could therapy spoil my relationships?
In practice, it is often not being able to make sense of things which interferes with relationships. Therapy is about learning to think and make sense of life experience. Working on your own identity and developing a better relationship with yourself often means that your other relationships will improve.
How will I know if therapy works for me?
It can be difficult to decide whether therapy is right for you, and it is natural to feel anxious. I recommend an initial consultation so that we can meet before any further decisions are made.
Therapy is not like a drug or an operation which will or won’t succeed, but a very personal journey, an investment in yourself – it could change your life and open your eyes to possibilities you never dreamt of.