Some people prefer to set a limit on the number of counselling sessions they are going to have. The number is up to you, but we suggest 10 or 12 sessions, as it can be hard to make sustainable progress in shorter timeframes.
Short-term counselling can be suitable if you only want to work on one specific issue or if you want to try counselling for the first time before deciding on longer-term therapy.
Some issues aren’t suited to short-term therapy, as they are too complex or need to be taken more slowly. These include childhood abuse, trauma and eating disorders.
What to expect from short-term therapy
Your initial consultation will be with one of our fully-qualified therapists. If you are interested in short-term therapy, please let them know and they will discuss with you whether the issues you wish to address are suited to short-term work.
When you start sessions with your ongoing therapist, they will explore with you what you want to focus on and set goals for the short-term counselling. The therapy will remain focused on this one issue and progress towards your goals. To maximise your progress during therapy, your therapist may suggest reading or other activities that you could do between sessions.
Short-term therapy is also available for couples as part of our couples counselling service.
Extending your short-term therapy
Sometimes, in the course of short-term counselling, clients decide that they want to continue in therapy for longer. They may realise that there is more to the issue they are addressing than they first thought. They may realise how beneficial counselling can be and want more. Or their financial circumstances may have changed.
Whatever the reason, it is not a problem to extend your therapy. Just let your therapist know. You can then decide to extend by a further fixed number of sessions, or to switch to open-ended counselling where the end is not decided in advance.
To book short-term therapy, please get in touch.
Short-term therapy is available for both individuals and couples.
Our therapists are student members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) or the College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists (COSRT).
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