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Duration of a therapy

How long it takes for a therapy to start working

The duration of a psychotherapy or how many therapy sessions are required is individually different. It is determined by the severity of the problem and the goals and changes you want to achieve and what progress is made.

Your compliance – your willingness to actively participate in the therapy –, as well as the regularity of the weekly therapy sessions scheduled is decisive.

A therapy process will not run like a linear process.
Usually it is proceeding well, but some topics require more time. Sometimes needs and goals change.
The longer you allow yourself to take your time for your psychotherapy, the more you will benefit from it.

You will notice positive changes already after the first therapy sessions.


The following guideline values correspond to the average scope of therapy, which are also approved by the insurance companies.
A short-term therapy takes about 3 months,
an average therapy duration takes about 8 to 10 months, but usually longer,
a long-term therapy takes about 1.5 to 4 years.

End of a therapy

A therapy can be considered as finished, as soon as

  • emotional stress is no longer present,
  • symptoms and troubles have become permanently weaker or disappeared,
  • the past is no longer a burden & the future is not frightening anymore,
  • you became emotionally stable again,
  • you have reached your therapy goals & you are happy with your success,
  • you are not stressed anymore and enjoying life again.

I recommend you to not stop your therapy suddenly, but gradually reduce the therapy sessions by increasing the time interval between sessions and conclude with a final session.

In case any time after you finished your therapy, you feel like some follow-up session would be helpful, don't hesitate to contact me.

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