A few years ago, a friend and I discussed all the various ways to be an adult.
She thought being an adult meant taking up a trade and living in the suburbs with her dog and boyfriend. I believed I would finally cross the magical bridge to adulthood when I found an apartment in the city that was paid for by my cushy desk job.
As for the new hobbies? Gardening, pottery and hour-long weekly therapy sessions.
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For those who can afford it, psychotherapy is considered a lifelong project; the constant in a sea of uncertainty. If all else fails, therapy is there to guide us onto the straight and narrow path.
Therapy is also different for everyone, but the goal is the same: to be 'fixed' or at least have the tools to perhaps get there, eventually.
It's a life-altering decision to get therapy. But is it meant to be lifelong?
Here's what we know.
Is therapy supposed to be life-long?
Except in especially rare cases, not really.
Psychologist Carly Dober tells Mamamia that "psychology is about expansion rather than dependency, and while there might be times people have long-term working relationships with their therapists — it is not the goal."