The number of sessions that are required depend largely on the nature of the problem and the length of time that it has been experienced.
Phobia resolution and confidence boosting can often be achieved in one session. However, it is generally wise to consider a course of sessions. The average number of sessions for common problems is between three and five.
Working over a period of time has advantages for both therapist and client.
Time lends itself to the development of a relationship between therapist and client to be established based on the principles of trust, confidentiality and respect.
Multiple sessions also affords the opportunity for the client's response to the interventions employed to be seen and properly followed up with a programme of therapy that is refined according to their individual requirements.