What happens in a therapy session?
Basically, talk. You will often hear psychotherapy and counselling referred to as “talk therapy”. In the main, the talking is done by the client because a therapy session is the client’s safe space to reveal their innermost thoughts and feelings in a totally non-judgemental safe environment. In and of itself this alone is often a successful therapeutic experience.
In a special relationship with the therapist, the client’s revelations are explored so the client fully understands themselves – an essential start to any form of therapy. Among the therapist’s responsibilities at this stage is the creation of a unique relationship where the therapist’s psychological skills can be used to help alleviate the client’s pain and encourage positive change.
How many sessions are required?
Not a straightforward question to answer depending on the variables below. The objective is to help the client to be self-sustained as soon as practicable. I have had clients that only needed one session and others that have taken years.
- Your particular mental state or situation
- The severity of your symptoms
- How long you’ve had symptoms or have been dealing with your situation
- How quickly you make progress
- How much stress you’re experiencing
- How much your mental health concerns interfere with your day-to-day life
- How much support you receive from family members and others