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I’ve been reading a lot about therapy not needing to last very long. I just started seeing someone and I’m terrified of letting myself trust her. I’m afraid she will tell me we are done with therapy before I’m ready.

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A: Thanks for writing in with your question. The first thing that I suggest you do is speak to your therapist about your concerns. They are valid and you have every right to ask her about her philosophies regarding length of treatment, style of treatment, and her projected course of treatment based on what she knows about you so far.

Evidenced based therapy (EBT) is the current trend in the mental health literature, which often times is problem focused, short-term treatment. However, there are still lots of ways of doing therapy and lots of theoretical orientations. Therapists trained in psychodynamic or psychoanalytical orientations tend to have longer therapeutic durations. Other times, it is the diagnosis that determines treatment length. Someone with complex trauma or biologically based disorders (such as Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder) may be in and out of treatment the majority of their life.

Don’t let your fear get in the way of you getting what you need out of therapy. The best way to get rid of fear is to face it directly.

All the best,

Dr. Holly Counts

Length of Therapy Concern

Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She utilizes a mind, body and spirit approach to healing. Dr. Counts received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Counts has worked in a variety of settings and has specialized in trauma and abuse, relationship issues, health psychology, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, life transitions and grief counseling. She has specialty training in guided imagery, EMDR, EFT, hypnosis and using intuition to heal. Her current passion involves integrating holistic and alternative approaches to health and healing with psychology.

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Counts, H. (2018). Length of Therapy Concern. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2019, from
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