During my free consultation calls with potential clients, I recognize that it takes much courage to contact me. Many people have a lot of anxiety about contacting a therapist, scheduling the first session, and being in therapy. After discussing what their needs, concerns, and challenges are and what to expect in a first session, they are able to ask questions about working with me.
One FAQ people ask is: How long is therapy?
The duration of therapy is a very personal process. How long you stay in therapy is ultimately up to you. I individualize each client’s process based on their needs, strengths and goals. The work of therapy is a collaborative process between the client and therapist. The duration and goals of therapy are addressed on an ongoing basis between us to ensure that you are being supported in achieving your positive outcomes.
Some clients come to therapy to address one area or goal in their life. This may be resolved in a short period of time, and the client may decide to end at that point or continue to work on deeper feelings and larger goals. While other clients may come to therapy feeling unfulfilled, unhappy, knowing that something needs to change, or wanting to live a different life. The work for these clients tends to take more time and commitment to have the most long lasting changes.
Regardless of the length of the therapy process, I recommend that the final session be planned. In the last session, we summarize the work that has been done in therapy and say “good-bye.” There are numerous positive long-term outcomes for the clients when ending in this manner. A few months or a year after therapy has ended, clients are also able to schedule“tune-up” sessions to help get back on track if needed.