3 levels of psychotherapy


Often clients ask how many session they need to solve their issue.

To understand what you need, it might be helpful to look at different levels of psychotherapy.

Levels are not starting from consulting or giving psychological advice.

First level is psychotherapeutic counseling usually appearing on the actual problem of the person, we work with actual situation. Goal is to relieve acuity of the problem what usually takes up to 10 sessions.  3 - 5 sessions usually is enough to develop strategy of problem solution and find resources that client has to solve problem. Main focus is present, with perspective in future.

Second level is small psychotherapy that lasts from 10 to 30 sessions (less often 50). This is slower and deep psychotherapy, work with basic conflict. Because fast progress to the depth can be difficult this therapy needs more time. We are going to childhood, relationships with parents, deep mechanisms, scenarios. Focus of work – past, with perspective on present and future.

Third level is big psychotherapy or therapy of relationships and by relationships. This is even slower and deeper process and starts from 30 sessions and can last (by desire of client) all his life as a supporting therapy, sometimes pausing for months and years. Focus of work – relationships with therapist as a mirror to relationships with the world and himself. Results of such therapy are not that obvious as on the first and second level, but client usually express reality of becoming “stronger, confident, and more balanced”.


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