This issue can be of great concern for clients who are wondering what the commitment may be in terms of time as well as money.
Researchers have been unable to identify exactly how many sessions each individual client presentation may need in order to show improvement but they have been able to give guidance on what is required more generally.
Modern research indicates that the number of sessions required for fifty percent of clients to meet the criteria for significant improvement is somewhere between 10 & 20 ***
Irish research from UCD indicates 20-45 sessions are required for 50-75% of clients to sufficiently improve to meet the criteria for recovery.
Ultimately a variety of factors affect the length of therapy required such as the nature of the issue and the goal(s) the client has in mind. It is worth noting these often emerge and evolve once therapy has begun.
It has been demonstrated that a successful course of psychotherapy can be more cost effective than medication or short term counselling especially in the context of mitigating the risk of relapse.
*** This information comes from Professor Mick Cooper’ s (2008) work in Essential Research findings in Counselling & Psychotherapy