Typically it will take 1 or 2 sessions to assess goals for therapy. Following this, the duration of therapy will depend entirely on your difficulties presented. Some people present with difficulties that can be helped with a focused, short term mode of therapy. This work can take between 6 to 12 sessions. However, other individuals with more complex concerns or deep rooted mental health problems may require long term therapy. The duration of therapy can be discussed but ultimately you will always decide what is right for you. One advantage of accessing private psychotherapy is that your needs are not dictated by external factors such as organisational restrictions.