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How long do therapy sessions last?

How long do therapy sessions last?

Typically, a therapy session can run 40 to 60 minutes long but may run longer. Group therapy sessions can run around 90 minutes, while more intensive individual counseling sessions can go for two to three hours. The length of your therapy session depends on the type of mental health services you’re receiving.

Is it scary to see a therapist for the first time?

Seeing a therapist for the first time can be a scary experience. I should know — I put off doing it for years. It wasn’t that I was against therapy, in fact I merrily recommended it to friends going through a rough time, but for some reason I just wasn’t ready to take the leap.

What should I expect when I see a therapist?

When you start to see a therapist, be prepared for a lot of work outside of the office. “Most people want to do 90 percent of the work in their therapy session but the truth is, you’re lucky if you can get 10 percent done with your therapist,” Richardson says.

What happens when you quit seeing a therapist?

A lot of us have adopted unhealthy coping mechanisms that feel really familiar, and when you start to wean yourself off of them, you can feel out of control. You might also have issues in your life that you’ve been avoiding, so quitting therapy is definitely easier in the short-term than having to talk about them.

Why do people not want to see a therapist?

I know a lot of people don’t see a therapist because the thought of finding someone sounds overwhelming. I get it—in some ways, finding a therapist can be like the worst parts of dating: You find someone you think might work and take time out of your schedule to go meet them, only to find out it’s a bad fit.

When you start to see a therapist, be prepared for a lot of work outside of the office. “Most people want to do 90 percent of the work in their therapy session but the truth is, you’re lucky if you can get 10 percent done with your therapist,” Richardson says.

Seeing a therapist for the first time can be a scary experience. I should know — I put off doing it for years. It wasn’t that I was against therapy, in fact I merrily recommended it to friends going through a rough time, but for some reason I just wasn’t ready to take the leap.

When is it time to go to therapy?

When any type of mental health or emotional concern affects daily life and function, therapy may be recommended. Therapy can help you learn about what you’re feeling, why you might be feeling it, and how to cope. People who feel forced into therapy may feel resistant and find it harder to put in the work needed to make change.

A lot of us have adopted unhealthy coping mechanisms that feel really familiar, and when you start to wean yourself off of them, you can feel out of control. You might also have issues in your life that you’ve been avoiding, so quitting therapy is definitely easier in the short-term than having to talk about them.