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).
- 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