Psychotherapy usually starts with an initial assessment, followed by, where appropriate, ongoing weekly psychotherapy sessions. Psychotherapy, unlike counselling, tends to be longer term, and usually works at a very deep level, looking at your historical situations and how they may be impacting you today. Psychotherapy involves building a deep and trusting relationship with your therapist in order to allow historical patterns, issues and narratives to emerge in the therapeutic relationship.
In psychotherapy, the therapeutic relationship between you and your therapist is crucial in identifying and processing stuck patterns from the past which affect you today. This is not about labelling the past as 'good' or 'bad', nor is it about blaming our primary caregivers. It is simply about observing the patterns of behaviour, thought and emotion which link your past with your present, and offering you the safety of a therapeutic relationship in which to begin to explore and possibly change these patterns. In this way, it is not so much about blaming the past, as about taking responsibility for the present.
Although it is not possible to say how many psychotherapy sessions you might need, it is important that the work is ongoinly reviewed so that you and your therapist are both clear that the work is creating something new for you in your life.
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