Fortnightly therapy

Fortnightly therapy

Suppose that you’re considering working with me but feel that either for financial reasons or some other reason you want to come fortnightly, rather than weekly. My position is as follows.

Embarking on this activity (whether you call it counselling, psychotherapy or counselling) is an ambitious and serious enterprise that you could call ‘work’, whether you’re sat in my seat or yours. Its aim is no less than to help you live a happier life simply via an exploration of who you truly are, carried out within a relationship with your therapist. That relationship grows over time through our regular contact, and has to develop some meaning for it to be transformative.

I believe that all of that requires a meeting each week, apart from breaks for holidays and other occasional reasons. (In practice, I usually end up seeing people for 40 – 44 sessions per year, i.e. an average of 3.5 sessions per month.) If I agree to meet you only fortnightly the work becomes much harder, and I am convinced that I’d be doing you a disservice if I agree to meet every two weeks. Putting it crudely, you’d make less than half the progress in the long run. In financial terms you’d get less value for money.

The worst case scenario is that you’d find the experience somewhat disappointing, and it might even put some people off therapy altogether.

Maybe it’s true that fortnightly therapy is better than no therapy, and would even be very beneficial: perhaps so for some people. What I’m saying is that I’m not willing to make that compromise: I’m only prepared to offer something that I know has got a very good chance of bearing fruit.