How Does Psychotherapy Work?


HOW DOES PSYCHOTHERAPY BEGIN AND END?
First, I ask you to tell me about yourself: why you have come to therapy and what you wish to achieve. You may not know exactly, and thatís fine too. We can discover it together.

Together, we set some goals. We may set broad and specific goals. We may set short term and long term goals. These goals will form a kind of road map for us to follow. As sessions progress, we may periodically review and perhaps change your goals. Over time, as you learn more about yourself and things become clearer, your goals may become more specific or more expansive.

HOW LONG DOES A THERAPY SESSION LAST?
Therapy sessions generally 45-50 minutes. It is sometimes possible to schedule double sessions as well.

HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET?
The frequency of therapy sessions depends on the individual and the situation. We will discuss this and agree upon it together during our first few sessions.

Generally, therapy sessions occur about once a week, but this varies greatly depending on the client. Some people prefer to start with more than one session per week, and eventually ease into fewer and farther spaced sessions. Other people prefer to start with sessions once a week, sometimes choosing to increase the frequency during difficult times.


HOW LONG DOES THE ENTIRE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS LAST?
The point of coming into therapy in the first place is to reach a comfort zone where you feel ready to face the world and your current life on your own, and, hopefully, continue to grow.

The frequency and length of treatment varies from person to person, depending on ability and/or willingness to change, as well as the severity and number of issues. Someone with deep childhood traumas may require more sessions than someone with current anxieties or difficulties.

Some people only need or wish to stay in therapy for a few sessions. Others may stay for many years. It is also possible to take agreed upon hiatuses and return when it feels right or when new challenges arise.

ENDING THERAPY
Ending therapy is just as important as starting it. Ending therapy is natural and positive. Along with working out the frequency of sessions, it is also important that we discuss how you will end therapy.

How will you know when It is time to end therapy? Often, the therapist and client both know when itís time to end. But to be sure, we will periodically review your goals to be aware of when you have reached them.

To end your therapeutic process, we will review the progress you have made since our first meeting. We will also discuss how you plan to maintain and continue that progress. We will review the tools and strategies you have learned to use when faced with conflicts and challenges.

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