How many regression therapy or coaching sessions do I need? (Insights on changes in Anxiety, Depression, Wellbeing and Sleep quality after 4 and 8 sessions)

Let’s consider this scenario:

  • A 65-year old man in Europe finds us through the internet – looking for regression therapy – and asks…” How many sessions will you take to address my OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”? The dialogue continues and finally he agrees after listening to the question “How many decades have you had this condition?
  • A young man in 30s, with severe trauma (physical abuse, neglect, extremely low self-esteem) – had a similar expectation. Will 2 or 3 sessions be enough?

For most of these individuals, the expectation is: once I seek help, I pay, I must expect the result at the earliest.  The following insights provide a better perspective to help us manage such expectations.

Considering external data, for example, American Psychological Association site refers to research data related to PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and some of it reproduced below[1]:

  • “Recent research indicates that on average 15 to 20 sessions are required for 50 percent of patients to recover as indicated by self-reported symptom measures
  • In practice, patients and therapists sometimes prefer to continue treatment over longer periods (e.g., 20 to 30 sessions over six months), to achieve more complete symptom remission and to feel confident in the skills needed to maintain treatment gains.”

Several factors play role in how long it takes for the results to manifest.  Some examples are captured below:

  1. Client’s willingness to address the issue and rapport with the coach/therapist paves way for faster resolution.
  2. If there is a simple negative incident (emotional trauma), it is usually much easier to deal with compared to complex situations, repeated issues of diverse nature. For example, a single incident phobia is much easier to deal with compared to a specific phobia that appears during an “emotionally” distressed phase of life.
  3. How much effort the individual is willing to put. This includes the willingness on the part of the client to add physical activity, better sleep quality guidelines and regular practices (such as the SEE Protocol).  Clients who put in their own effort beyond what they do with us find faster resolution.  The self-work that we recommend is validated by scientific evidence[2]. (For example, an individual in 50s who came with us with off the chart scores on anxiety, depression, wellbeing, spent average one hour a day on the SEE protocol related activities, added 3 times a week physical activity and visited us – thrice a week for few weeks. After about 2 months, his anxiety, sleep quality, wellbeing, mood have come back to normal!).
  4. Finally,  can help in speeding up the results. It is very common for client to not talk about a childhood neglect (e.g. my parents left me for 3 years with Mr X family or I have 3 specific phobias …water, heights and dog) and it tends to come up after we have had several sessions.  While it is natural to not link phobias to an OCD condition or a lack of progress in life, the reality is often different.  We have had many cases when we have dealt with extreme fear, an OCD condition has disappeared or the confidence level has gone up!  By presenting just the OCD or confidence issue is not sufficient.

Show me the data!

Anxiety, depression, wellbeing and sleep quality levels after 4 and 8 sessionsAt the Society for Energy & Emotions, we put emphasise on measuring the progress using globally relevant and standard tools.  This provides us useful insights about the progress.  Four common measures are covered in the visual below.  The data covers 25 individuals who completed 8 sessions since the Corona started and highlights how each of the parameter progressed after 4 and 8 sessions to increase the quality of life as measured by increased wellbeing, reduced anxiety, lower depressive moods and better quality of life!  

It is now common for us to explain that if a mango tree takes 15 years to deliver mangoes, I can’t expect to get them in one year by planting the best quality 15 seeds together. Also, a good mango seed needs nurturing and we can’t expect quality outcome if we just send once a year water tanker as “care” for that sapling.

Feel free to contact us if you need help.  A plant at home is much easier to uproot compared to a full-grown tree in the jungle.

Gunjan Y Trivedi ([email protected])

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References:

[1] American Psychological Association Website (Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/length-treatment

[2] Trivedi, G. Y., Patel, V., Shah, M. H., Dhok, M. J., & Bhoyania, K. (2020). Comparative Study of the Impact of Active Meditation Protocol and Silence Meditation on Heart Rate Variability and Mood in Women. International journal of yoga13(3), 255–260. https://doi.org/10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_18_20