Length of Treatment
I don't have any pre-conceived notion about the number of sessions a patient should be in therapy. Some problems take more time than others to get a handle on. If you are using insurance to pay for treatment, there may be stipulations about the length of treatment in terms of what insurance will pay for. But some patients then choose to pay out of pocket once their insurance benefits run out because they feel the benefit from therapy is worth the out of pocket cost.
Purpose of Psychotherapy
I believe the purpose of psychotherapy is to increase your awareness of your thoughts and feelings so that you can make increasingly healthy, responsible choices in terms of how you relate to others around you.
What Happens in Psychotherapy
My view of how change occurs in psychotherapy (how you will benefit) is that an increased awareness of the issues that brought you to therapy will usually bring the benefits you desire. Another way of saying this is that a significant shift in your perspective about life (a paradigm shift) will bring about growth. This is because an increased awareness usually leads to changed thought patterns, changed emotional reactions, and then changed behaviors. A helpful example here is to think of the alcoholic who admits that they have a problem with alcohol. Awareness is what finally opens the door to them getting help and becoming sober.
Scientific research on psychotherapy shows that most clients benefit from being in psychotherapy. Specific possible benefits include: decreased stress, anxiety, or depression; more satisfying relationships with others; a sense of accomplishment because you have "finally addressed the problem;" increased hope that you can more effectively handle stressful situations in the future.
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STEVE W. PATRICK, PSY.D.
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Dallas, TX 75244