Individual therapy sessions usually consists of 50-minutes unless you and your therapist establish longer sessions because of a particular situation. For example, for family session we encourage clients to book a 90-minute therapy session because of the complexity of having more than one person in the session. The frequency and schedule of the appointments will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Most clients rather to establish a routine for their therapy sessions (same day, same time); nevertheless, if your schedule does not allow you to do that, we do have flexibility in adjusting to your needs to the best we can.
At the beginning of treatment you and your therapist will discuss specific “goals” and “behavioral markers” for the therapy process that will allow both of you to see how therapy is going. Periodically you may be asked to fill out additional forms to see what is changing and what still needs to change in the course of therapy. Behavioral therapy is effective when we create a roadmap for our work together.
In terms of the length of therapy, it really depends of the goals for treatment, life circumstances, and other variables. Nevertheless, it’s recommended that you commit for at least 10-12 sessions in order to fully give yourself a chance to see whether therapy is making a difference or not in your daily life. You cannot say wether therapy works or not unless you give it a real chance.
Because of the active emphasis on behavioral-change steps it’s quite likely that you will be asked to engage in additional activities or exercises between sessions. Examples of these activities include reading a particular self-help book, practicing a particular skill discussed in session, completing a log, etc. Please keep in mind that although we emphasize behavioral-change steps that doesn’t mean that we’ll be forcing or pushing you to do something we don’t want to do; in fact, we’ll always explain to you “why” a specific exercise is recommended between session and “how” to do it. Research continues to show that therapy is more effective when clients are engage on specific steps between sessions.