The length of therapy depends on many factors. Some people choose to work with a therapist in an ongoing way for years to receive ongoing support and to continue to create their best life. Others come to therapy in times of crisis and want to end the process as soon as they achieve their goals.
In other words: it’s sort of up to you!
If you’re a couple seeking help, the average amount of time that Emotionally Focused Therapy takes to create lasting changes for couples without histories of trauma is between 12 and 20 sessions (3-6 months). I have worked with many couples, however, who have had histories of trauma and saw dramatic changes fast. Conversely, I have worked with couples who haven’t seen much trauma in their lives and who have stayed with the process longer than 6 months.
While I can’t stamp a definite “completion” date without knowing more about you and your situation, I can assure you of this: the approach I use is active, present-focused and most importantly, gets results. It is short-term in nature and therefore you can be assured that you will not have to spend years in therapy without seeing any progress.
While understanding your background is integral to me doing my best work, we will not spend weeks upon weeks recounting your childhood and dwelling in the past. In my experience, most people start to feel better after a few weeks, with lasting and deeper changes taking longer, but the work I do is focused and designed to get you results.