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Long-Term, Short-Term, Your Term by Dr. Courtnay Meletta

Updated: Apr 28

When clients step into the world of therapy, one of the first questions they often grapple with is, "How long will this take?" It's a natural query, reflecting concerns about investment, whether it's time, money, or energy. As a holistic psychotherapist, I view therapy not in terms of long-term or short-term, but as a fluid, evolving journey unique to each individual.

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The idea of categorizing therapy into 'long-term' or 'short-term' can be misleading. The truth is, therapy is a personal journey that unfolds at its own pace. It's akin to a river's flow – sometimes meandering gently, other times rushing rapidly, but always moving towards a greater expanse.

Some clients find what they need in a few sessions; others discover that therapy becomes a valued part of their ongoing personal growth. There's no right or wrong duration – it's about what serves your needs and supports your journey best.

Understanding the Driving Questions

When clients ask about the length of therapy, it often reflects underlying questions about value. They wonder if the investment of their time, money, and emotional energy will yield the outcomes they seek. My response? Let's explore what value means to you. What are you seeking in this therapeutic relationship, and how will you know when you've found it?

The value of therapy goes beyond the minutes on the clock or the number of sessions. It lies in the quality of the relationship you build with your therapist, the insights you gain, and the changes you manifest in your life. It's in those moments of breakthrough, understanding, and profound connection.

Some clients stay in therapy for years, finding immense value in the stability and depth of the therapeutic relationship. Others might feel a need to explore fresh perspectives after a period. Both approaches are valid.

The beauty of therapy lies in its flexibility to adapt to your evolving needs and life circumstances.

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Trusting the Process

If you could trust that the value of therapy would significantly outweigh the investment, would that change your perspective? Imagine therapy as a brave space where you not only resolve immediate challenges but also cultivate deeper self-awareness, resilience, and joy. That's where the true value lies – not in the duration, but in the depth and quality of the experience.

As we navigate this journey together, remember that the timeline of therapy is as unique as you are. It's about finding the rhythm that resonates with your life's melody. Whether our paths converge for a brief interlude or over extended chapters know that each step is meaningful and contributes to your greater story of growth and healing.

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Dr. Courtnay Meletta is an integrative psychotherapist licensed in the states of California and Rhode Island. She has enriched the mental health field for over a decade with her innovative approach combining holistic counseling, mind-body medicine, and somatic psychotherapy. She operates a successful practice in Los Angeles, mentors aspiring therapists, and engages in various therapeutic modalities including EMDR, Core Energetics, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Dr. Meletta is also an active contributor to the academic and corporate sectors, emphasizing leadership and personal growth through holistic practices. To read Dr. Courtnay Meletta’s bio, click here.

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