Wouldn’t less therapy be just as good? After all, I’d have more time to work on things between sessions, right?
One of the problems with going to therapy is that it’s a weekly commitment. Which, let’s be honest, can be a real pain. This is a large time commitment. Not to mention a considerable cost.
Yet, why do the majority of therapists and counselors recommend weekly sessions? Why not every two weeks?
Why Have Weekly Therapy Sessions?
Attachment and Emotional Safety
One of the main reasons that, I, and many other therapists recommend weekly therapy is that it helps make that work deeper. Weekly sessions allow for you to build the healing relationship necessary for trust, emotional safety, and vulnerability deep clinical work.
Reinforcement for Learning
One week is just enough time to review skills or try out a homework assignment if you use one.
“Use it or Lose It”
Long gaps in therapy can mean forgetting important themes, trends, and what you were working on. It can allow for defense mechanisms to take hold and lead to longer term therapy.
Builds Trust and Openness
It takes a lot to start therapy and open up. Having too much time between sessions can make your inner self less accessible for change.
Less to Catch Up On
Having longer gaps between session can keep the focus on catching up rather than diving into the deeper work.
Two-week sessions can easily become monthly or less, if you are sick or away and miss an appointment. If you miss another now it becomes weeks before you are in session.
Practice and Repeat
Making changes involves repetition and in the moment feedback. Weekly sessions allow clients to practice what they are learning and insights they are gaining and process them soon after.
Change is hard. We naturally like consistency. When things get stressful, old behaviors arise. Longer gaps between sessions make it easier to fall into old habits and behaviors.
Provides a Sense of Consistency
Between sessions is when a lot of therapy work is done. Thoughts, feelings, and insights can arise. This can be overwhelming. Knowing your next session is right around the corner and on a consistent basis can provide a sense of security.
Therapy is a commitment and if “you work it works.” When you or your teen is feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious weekly therapy is fastest most effective way to develop long-lasting coping skills and heal underlying triggers so you can live a life you love!
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