You might be asking about how long therapy will take because you are having a difficult time and need help now. On average, our new clients start seeing positive effects after the first couple of sessions. By that point, they feel like they have learned some ways to manage challenging stuff in their lives a bit better.
The total duration of therapy varies from client to client. Some of our clients find 3-6 weeks to be enough to resolve immediate challenges. While other clients feel more supported by longer term therapy. You can work together with your therapist to find the length of time that works for you.
Overall, you can think of the first session as a free-flowing conversation through which you and your therapist can start getting to know each other. Your therapist will invite you to share more about yourself and you can also share what’s worked or not worked for your mental health in the past.
Some questions that your therapist may ask during a first session include:
You can ask your therapist questions as well. You might be curious about if the therapist has experience with your concerns and how future sessions work.
The most important part of a first session is to experience what therapy is like with your therapist. If you feel supported, seen, and at-ease with your therapist, you can discuss if you’d like to meet again.
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. It’s important to work with your medical doctor or psychiatrist to determine what might be the best fit for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of your distress and the behavior patterns that curb your progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
We highly respect your privacy and value your trust.
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from you, the client.
It can be concerning sharing feelings or things you say in therapy could get out, so we want you to know that unless there is an imminent danger to yourself or someone else, everything you share with your therapist is completely confidential.
The exceptions required by law to this rule are:
If you have specific questions about how confidentiality works, you can ask during your call with us, in your email or in the form you’ve completed or at any time.