The duration of therapy varies widely by individual. Some people come for 6-12 weekly sessions and other people stay in therapy for months or years. Variables that impact the duration of therapy include:
- What kind of issues you are wanting to work on. Some people come to therapy for a “tune up” – to work on minor issues that can be resolved in a matter of weeks. Others have deeper issues that need to be resolved that take a much longer time to be fully processed and worked through. Therapy usually involves practicing new skills and learning new ways of thinking. Because unhealthy patterns develop over years, it’s reasonable to expect that establishing new habits and lasting change might take some time.
- Personal preference. Some people come to therapy with a very solution-focused mindset. They want to talk through and work out issues and move on. Others find that the opportunity to meet with a therapist regularly and ongoing, provides for a good outlet and helps provide stress relief, emotional support, and balance.
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