“The initial session is an opportunity for us to get a sense of each other and for you to decide if you would like to work with me.”
How many sessions will I need?
This differs from person to person and depends on the nature of what you are bringing to therapy. Often the longer the issue has been ongoing, the longer the time needed to work through it.
Usually after the initial session I contract with the client for six sessions and thereafter, if the client so chooses, continue on an open-ended basis.
When working open-ended I ask for a minimum of two weeks' notice before finishing therapy so that we can work towards a healthy, managed ending.