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Counselling is a type of talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. Counselling can help you cope with various mental health conditions, physical health conditions, difficult life events and emotions.

Some of the benefits of counselling are:

How long does counselling usually last?

The duration of counselling can vary depending on your needs, goals and preferences. You may be offered a single session of counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months, or a longer course that lasts for several months or years. Each session usually lasts for about 50 minutes.

Some factors that may affect how long you need counselling are:

  • The type and severity of your issues

  • The type and modality of counselling

  • The availability and affordability of counselling

  • The quality and rapport of the therapeutic relationship

  • Your readiness and motivation for change

Your therapist should discuss with you how long they think you might need counselling for, and review your progress regularly. You should also feel free to ask questions or give feedback about the duration of counselling at any time. Counselling should be a collaborative process that meets your needs and expectations.

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