Progress During Counselling & How Often Do I Attend?

Gauging progress in therapy is one of the topics about which we are frequently asked. It is not like painting a house, for instance, where the job is easily tracked and immediately recognizable when finished.

Rather, with counselling, progress often appears initially as the client being having increased self-awareness of instances the behaviours that precipitated the need for therapy. Simply becoming more cognizant of these situations is a very positive step and these breakthrough moments alert your counsellor that progress is being made. Secondly the reason for the initial consultation starts to vanish and you are able to explore the issues that are within. This varies from person to person but your therapist will be in a better place to talk with you about the progress you have done.

How Long Should I Attend Counselling?

Clients continue attending counselling as long as they feel progress is being made. Much of this has to do with the underlying causes of seeking counselling and how deep the issues go.

Some clients feel comfortable to stop after only 2 or 3 sessions, but most clients attend between 6 and 12 sessions. That being said, when additional issues are uncovered or the client wishes to address other areas, our treatment in some cases has spanned several years. Some people prefer to continue for a longer period to improve their social and emotional well-being.

As with deciding on your therapist, the decision on when to discontinue your sessions is entirely up to you. Because counselling is a personalized experience, there is no benchmark to determine whether you should continue your sessions and you therapist is n the best position to help you decide around this. .

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you feel progress is being made?
  • Do you look forward to your upcoming session?
  • Are you feeling happier and more content than before
  • Would stopping cause anxiety, worry or some other unhealthy response?

How Frequently Should I Schedule My Therapy Sessions?

The frequency of your therapy sessions is your decision. As is with the other aspects of counselling, there is no right or wrong schedule.

 Some clients are comfortable attending one session every two or three weeks while others schedule two sessions per week. How often you come is completely up to you and in relation to the urgency of your matter.

When thinking about your schedule, think about the issues you are working on and how relevant is for you to solve this. Think of how much time you are able to devote to your sessions and the benefits you may get from it.

If you have a very active life, where a session will seem like an interruption to your daily life, we can accommodate your session after hours so you focus during your therapy in order to get the most out of it.

On the other hand, if the issues you have identified are acute and cause undue stress or anxiety in your life, you may consider opting for a more comprehensive schedule, at least initially, until you are more comfortable in your ability to cope.

If you have questions, concerns or need assistance in determining what’s best in your situation, please contact us. If our receptionist is not able to answer your questions she will arrange for our psychologist to call you back.