Length of psychotherapy for clients seen in private practice

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Length of treatment for all clients (N = 100) seen for psychotherapy during 1975 by 7 therapists in a private practice psychological clinic was examined to determine the relative frequency of long-term (>25 sessions) vs short-term (≤25 sessions) psychotherapy. Clients were young, middle class, intelligent, and mildly to moderately disturbed. The median length of treatment was 8 sessions. Fully 80% of the clients had left treatment before receiving 25 sessions. This finding mirrors the trend for public treatment settings. Results reaffirm the necessity of further research and development of short-term treatment techniques designed to effectively utilize the brief time even private clients spend in psychotherapy. (9 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-212
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1979


  • prevalence of long vs short term psychotherapy, length of stay in treatment, clients in private psychological clinic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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