Prepare For Your First Therapy Session
By: Stephanie Kirby
Updated September 24, 2021
Medically Reviewed By: Melinda Santa
Average Therapy Session Number
Therapy Session Types
Here are some of the most commonly used types of treatment, and the average number of sessions:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Will I Always Need to Go to Therapy?
Is There Such A Thing As Too Much?
The answer to this question will depend completely on your situation. For many people, therapy isn't something that needs to last forever. Your therapist should help you determine what goals you are working on and why you are attending therapy. Then, the therapy sessions should be based around helping you reach those goals. When that happens, your therapy would be complete.
The goal of any ethical therapist is to help you achieve what you need to, and work through a treatment plan. If you have the feeling that your therapist is just trying to keep you coming to sessions because it's money in their pocket, you may have a bad therapist.
However, therapy is not meant to be a permanent solution in most cases (there are a few exceptions to this rule). But some people become dependent on therapy, instead of the strategies they are learning in therapy. When this happens, a patient will resist ending a treatment plan.
Knowing When To Quit A Session
If you no longer feel that you are benefiting from your therapy sessions, there are two things you need to consider.
- Do you feel that your struggles have been addressed? If you are no longer making progress, it may be because you have already achieved what you set out to do. If this is the case and your therapist is trying to keep you coming to sessions, it might be time to put an end to the sessions on your own.
- Do you feel that you still have things to work on? If you aren't getting anything out of your sessions but feel that there are still areas that you need to address, then you might be meeting with the wrong therapist for you. It doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad therapist, but it does mean that you probably want to find a different one.
You don't need to be nervous about breaking up with your therapist. The reason they are in your life is to help you address your mental health challenges. If they aren't getting the job done and helping you to make progress, then there isn't more that you need to think about. You can simply let them know that you would like to find another therapist to work with. You can provide them any feedback on why you are interested in switching. If your therapist has your best interest at heart, they may even be willing to provide you a recommendation for another therapist that you could try.
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