How Long Does Counseling Take?

Ideally, counseling ends when the problem for which you pursued treatment becomes more manageable or is resolved.  Treatment length depends on the problems or disorder, patient goals, patient history and characteristics, events occurring outside of therapy (e.g., divorce, change in employment status), and therapeutic progress. Treatment length depends on many factors, with more complex difficulties benefiting from longer treatment.

Please note that some insurance companies and managed care plans may limit the number of sessions for which they pay.  You should check with your health plan to find out more about any limitations in your coverage.  During the first few counseling sessions, your counselor should also discuss the length of treatment that may be needed to achieve your goals.