The Sessions

How long will it take?

Generally, significant improvements may be experienced within 6-12 sessions, (or less in some instances, where someone wishes simply to talk something through with an impartial but empathic professional, where two or three sessions may be all that is required).

Longer term work may sometimes be indicated where deeper-rooted problems are evident, or where a person desires to use therapy as a means of helping them aspire towards their greater potentials.

Short Term Counselling (6-12 sessions), is a brief intervention constructed to alleviate or resolve single specific problems assessed as being feasible during the initial meeting.

Whilst the issue selected to work with might not always be the only problem in someone's life, the degree of personal insight and self-confidence gained during this period of weekly therapy often 'kick-starts' their cognitive, behavioural and emotional system sufficiently to better enable them to work things out for themselves in the future.

After a short break, it may be possible for the individual to work on another selected problem in a similar way, or even decide to enter into a longer term therapy if desired.

Note: Health Insurance providers will typically fund 5-6 sessions. If planning to fund in this way, please check with your provider first to confirm your individual policy cover.

Long-term, or Open-ended Counselling or Psychotherapy, may be of greater benefit where more complex, persistent or deeper-rooted problems are assessed as being the case.

Typically, a long term therapy may be up to 12 months, but with an approximate end point established from the start.

Open-ended, as the term suggests, refers to a therapy without a specified end date. This option is generally more helpful where more resistant unconscious complexes are present, or where someone wishes to engage more deeply with their psychological development and life potential.

The First Session

The first session is particularly important insofar as it provides a person with the opportunity to talk about something they may have bottled up or been troubled by for a long time; or in other cases, to share something which has occurred 'as if from nowhere', and instils a feeling of real crisis.

It is also the therapist's opportunity to familiarise herself with the person, what they are presenting, and to work out where and how she may be able to help.

The most suitable model, and duration of therapy, is then discussed and a mutually agreeable way forwards decided upon.


In all cases, weekly sessions are normally recommended, sometimes reducing to fortnightly if the therapy continues over a longer period. Because we human beings are all so very different and seek professional counselling and psychotherapy for so many varied reasons (see More About Counselling & Psychotherapy), the extent of, and length of time it will take for an improved sense of well-being to occur, will depend very much upon both the person and extent of their problem.

All distinctions are clearly established with each individual during the first meeting.

Telephone Counselling

Telephone Counselling is slightly different and Ruth welcomes enquires to discuss the possibilities. It is particularly helpful to those wishing simply to talk something through with an impartial but empathic professional without having to make any formal commitment.


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Room One, The Cornerhouse Offices, High Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HE