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How long should therapy last?

VAUGHAN, Ontario - The therapeutic orientation of the therapist will likely determine the length of therapy. Some orientations such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are shorter in term, while humanistic and psychodynamic models are typically longer. Many academics argue that psychodynamic and humanistic models can take years.

Empirical evidence suggests that recent problems may not need extended/long treatment, while complex/severe issues may take more time.  Some clients resolve their problems and choose to stop treatment once they see improvement in their symptoms. Other patients choose to work on other issues when their initial goals have been met.

Please remember that our Vaughan and Maple counselling centres are here to help you with your counselling needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us. We’d be happy to provide you with additional information. We want to help and will do all we can to do so. 

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