Psychotherapy is long term individual therapy – more than 12 weeks. It may suit someone who has the ability to engage in a more explorative process, often looking at past events and relationships as a way of making sense of present experiences and responses.
Long term therapy is useful when dealing with problems that are more ingrained and rooted in the past. Some individuals may have suffered multiple traumas in early childhood, abuse, extensive neglect etc. this may mean that the young person will benefit from engaging in a longer therapeutic process which utilises the relationship with the therapist as a way of bringing about change.
Moreover, long term therapy will give the young person the opportunity to gain a deeper access to their emotional lives, and a greater insight in their behaviour which
can lead them to develop a fuller life.
Long-term therapy allows individuals to have the time that is needed to go beyond the avoidance of examining and working through internal conflicts that if left unchecked will continue to impact negatively on their lives.