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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Zajdel, PhD

How Often Should You Go to Therapy?

Updated: Jan 1

The frequency of therapy can vary widely from person to person, and many people are unsure about how often they should attend sessions.

During our first appointment, we will work together to identify your goals, concerns, and the intensity of your issues. At the end of this session, we will discuss next steps and how often you should attend therapy.

Here are some factors we may discuss to decide the best frequency for you:

  • Severity of the Issue: The severity of your mental health issue can significantly influence how often you should go to counseling. For individuals with severe and acute conditions, more frequent sessions may be necessary, especially initially. For those dealing with milder or situational issues, less frequent sessions may suffice.

  • Progress and Goals: Your progress in therapy and your treatment goals will also help determine the optimal frequency of counseling. If you are making significant progress and your symptoms are improving, we may discuss reducing the frequency of sessions. Conversely, if you are facing setbacks or finding it challenging to reach your goals, we may discuss more frequent sessions.

  • Lifestyle and Scheduling: Your lifestyle and scheduling constraints can be important factors to consider. Balancing school/work, family, and other commitments can make it difficult to attend therapy sessions as frequently as you might like. In such cases, it's crucial to find a schedule that works for you without causing additional stress.

  • Financial Considerations: The cost of therapy can be a significant factor in determining session frequency. It’s important to find a frequency that suits your budget, and some individuals may choose to attend therapy less frequently to manage costs.

  • Maintenance and Prevention: Counseling is not only for addressing acute mental health issues but also for maintenance and prevention. Many individuals choose to attend therapy regularly to maintain good mental health and build resilience. In such cases, session frequency can be less frequent, such as once a month.

  • Self-Assessment: You play a vital role in determining how often you should attend counseling. Regular self-assessment is crucial. Ask yourself how you are feeling, whether you are achieving your goals, and if you feel supported in your mental health journey. If you feel that you need more support, consider increasing the frequency of sessions.

  • Changes Over Time: Your mental health needs can change over time. What may be appropriate now may not be suitable in a few months or years. Regularly reevaluate your needs and adjust your session frequency accordingly.

The question of how often you should go to counseling is not one-size-fits-all. The key is to strike a balance that meets your mental health needs and works with your individual circumstances.

Whether you attend therapy weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or sporadically, it's essential to stay committed to your well-being and communicate openly about your needs and preferences. Your mental health journey is unique to you, and finding the right frequency of counseling is an integral part of that process.

Ready to get started with self-discovery? Give therapy a try!


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