All types of people come in for counseling. People with serious problems, people with minor problems, or just people who want to improve the quality of their lives. Coming into counseling no longer has the same stigma that it used to have.
In any good therapy session, you should not feel judged. You can expect to be listened to and asked constructive questions about your life. Normally, clients feel a sense of safety that allows them to open up and provides the pathway for healing and emotional growth.
Typically, you meet with your therapist once a week for a 50 minute session. On occasion some opt to come in once every two weeks, while others, especially those in crises, tend to go twice-a-week.
Yes. After you have chosen the therapist that you feel is the best match, please call the therapist on his or her direct line and you can schedule an appointment or you can ask for a free 15 minute phone consultation. The consultation can help you get a better feel of what they are like and to you can make sure this is a good fit for you.
Ultimately, you choose the length of time to invest in counseling. However, some guidelines are that the more serious the problem, the longer it takes. Typically, people can expect to see positive changes within 2 to 6 months. There are occasions when only 3 or 4 sessions are needed and on the other hand, sometimes therapy can extend to a year or longer.