It is really up to you and your therapist! Therapy can last from a few sessions to several years, and we encourage you to talk with your therapist from the beginning about how you will know when you are ready to leave therapy.

Everyone’s treatment is different. How long therapy lasts depends on many factors. You may have complicated issues or a relatively straightforward problem that you want to address. Some therapy treatment types are short term, while others may be longer. Practically, you might also be limited by your insurance coverage.

However, discussing the length of therapy is important to bring up with your therapist at the beginning. This will give you an idea of starting goals to work towards and what you want to accomplish. Don’t be afraid to revisit this issue at any time as therapy progresses, as goals often are modified or changed during treatment.

Click here for a helpful article on termination, the process of deciding when and how to end therapy.