Short and Long-Term Counselling
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Larry O'Carroll BA, CFE, PGDip Coun, MA, Reg.MBACP
10th August, 2010
At some stage in our lives, many of us need support with, for example, making a difficult decision. Research evidence shows that short-term counselling (from 4 to 12 sessions) helps. Short-term counselling also helps with emotional difficulties like occasional anxiety and depression, as it does when a primary relationship appears to have broken down.
For long-standing emotional difficulties, it is unrealistic to expect 4 - 12 sessions to have a significant impact. At least a year is required for us to understand what triggers our distress, and to learn to manage it. (Sometimes, a year is not sufficient, all depending on the severity of our emotional pain).
The crucial matter here, I believe, is that, when we are struggling with our lives, in whatever way, we owe it to ourselves to seek support.
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