According to a 2010 study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 42% of individuals in psychotherapy utilize 3 to 10 sessions for treatment, while one in nine individuals use more than 20 sessions. From this, the main question is, how many sessions should give a client enough resolve to move forward with their life? In general, it’s safe to say there’s no exact time frame for how long a person is in therapy for – it all depends on the person’s progression and if they feel they are getting the support they need.
Some psychologists believe that the answer is based on a client’s perspective on therapy; for example, do you take stock in the medical model of therapy or the wellness model? The American Counseling Association emphasizes the medical model of therapy as the belief that something is “wrong”, and therapy serves as a form of “medicine” for the problem. With this, medication may be a top priority for the client, and objective results are a primary focus. The wellness model is based on the whole person and considers that person’s strengths and weaknesses. With the wellness model, many other factors influence a person’s experience such as environment, history, emotional stability, coping skills, spirituality, self-worth, relationships, and much more.
A combination of both is often considered very rewarding for clients, because they can utilize medicine to help them gain mental stability while understanding their lived experiences and developing effective coping tools to better deal with life’s challenges. If you’ve been in therapy for quite some time, consider the following to determine if you’re still heading in the right direction:
- Do you still have a sense of individuality, without relying on your therapist for decision-making and comfortability?
- Do you feel an overall sense of progression in your sessions?
- Is your therapist licensed, and do they have experience with your issues?
- Do you feel your boundaries are respected and do you feel comfortable with him or her?
These questions provide some general insight into the foundation of your client-therapist relationship. If you answered yes to the above questions and you feel generally happy with where things are without losing your sense of individualism, therapy may continue to be an integral part of your life.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.