• Call Now: 405.341.3554
  • Connect

Edmond Family Counseling Articles

Articles by the Counselors at Edmond Family Counseling

Is Counseling Forever?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

By: Audrey Woods, Staff Therapist

Perhaps you are considering starting counseling. You’d really like to work on some life issues, but you have questions. For example, how long will this take? Days, weeks, months, years? The answer to your questions is, of course, it depends…

We in the mental health field are tirelessly working to put ourselves out of the job. From the get-go, our goal for you when you enter our office is for you not to need to enter our office. While it is completely normal to require extra support for whatever your issue(s), no, counseling is not forever. Or at least it shouldn’t be. A brief caveat: In some cases, counseling can be an intensive and long process. For example, the treatment of certain personality disorders or other psychoses in which the person’s perception of themselves, others, or the world is not based in reality. These people may require fairly consistent ongoing treatment.

If everyone’s clinical needs were on a spectrum, there would be extremes at both ends: people who never need to step foot in the door of a counselor’s office and people who will always have both feet in the door. Again, the majority of you will fall in the middle of that spectrum. So things like anxiety and depression (two of the most common reasons people seek counseling) usually have a shelf-life of sorts, meaning they too will pass (with a lot of work and dedication on your part). I say again without the parenthesis to be sure I’m not misunderstood, while most mental health issues will resolve, they will not do so without considerable effort on your part both in and out of session. However, the American Psychological Association (APA) reported around twenty percent of clients end therapy prematurely (Chamberlin, 2015). Maybe they come once or twice or even a few times. But after a number of weeks, they simply ghost counseling (meaning they fall off the face of the planet without so much as a goodbye text) or they pluck up and leave a break-up voicemail.

So what’s this magical balance I’m asking you to find between a lifer-client and a two-weeker-client? While I can’t give you an exact number of months or years therapy is supposed to take, it should end when both the client and clinician agree that goals have been met (What? We’re supposed to have goals? That’s for another article). The APA reported one of the most common reasons for terminating therapy before it is successfully completed is that people have unreasonable expectations for the rate at which things are supposed to get better.

Again, there is no exact timeline this process is supposed to take but suffice it to say that it’s usually months, not weeks. Sometimes years. Logically, the more severe your issue, the more time it will likely take to work through. Usually your sessions will start weekly and then begin to spread out to bi-weekly, monthly, and so on. Even after termination, it is normal to have a check-up of sorts every now and again as things come up. So remember, we’re not miracle workers able to cure your stuff in a matter of minutes, but we’re also working really hard to not see you anymore. Edmond Family Counseling is your local community resource for good mental health. If you think we can be of service to you or your family, please call 405-341-3554 or log on to http://edmondfamily.org.

Chamberline, J. (2015). Are Your Clients Leaving Too Soon? American Psychological Association, 46(4), 60.




Post has no comments.
Post a Comment

Captcha Image

Trackback Link
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


How to talk to your kids about terrorism College Transitions Legalization of Marijuana Depression Summer time parenting Summer Co-Parenting Class Edmond Stress Grandparent Initiative Parenting and Cell Phones Children Dr. Ben Carson Al McCormick Adult Children Help for panic and anxiety Political bias Drug Abuse Negative Thinking Teen Drug Use high school Unemployment and depression Boundaries Michael Jackson Chad McCoy Divorce Teens and Smartphones Developmentally appropriate strategies for grief counseling Child Abuse College Cell Phones Jay Asher HB 2249 How to detect signs of depression Heroin in the Suburbs Exercise treatment for depression Retirement Political Correctness World Health Organization Sanjay Gupta Communicating with your child College Campus privilege Changing Problem Behavior Communicating with your teen Edmond Family Counseling Micro-aggression Co-Parenting John Goetz Character Development The Miracle Worker Twenty Somethings The Martian Movie Edmond drug use gadgets spring Nutrition and stress Teen Parenting Enabling Adult Children Joshua and Rebecca Weigel How long should counseling take Teen Safety Teenage Boys Panic Disorder Lee Daniel Kravetz Darcy McConnell Dr. Rhonda Patrick Movies for Teens Discipline Learning How do children process trauma Teen Jobs James Dobson Bong Isolation in teens Risk taking Hanna Baker What Really Matters Self-Esteem Teens Use of Technology How prevalent is domestic violence Personality Test HK pen Young Adults Waxing Dating Summer Plans for Teens Gender Roles self-sabotage Confidentiality AARP Parenting Unemployment Instagram Aggregated News for Teens Grandparenting Divorce School Peers The Amazing Race Jackie Shaw Emotions Affluenza Choices Positive Reinforcement Holidays Fear United States Drug Enforcement Agency Twitter Bias and memory Organization Family Systems Theory Parent peer pressure Mild-Depression Mental Health Heroin Crisis Divorce with minor children Terrorism and children Culture Opiods Marriage Social anxiety list Ridley Scott Presidential debate Drinking in high school School Feldman and Kravetz 13 Reasons Why NOT Elizabeth Loftus Setting Boundaries with Adult Children Back to School Trauma Depression and social media School Anxiety Teenage Development Belinda Crosier Drug Use Quinton Ellis Suicide Prevention Recommendations Reading Girl Strong Underage Drinking Teenagers Donald Miller Community Suicide Prevention Programs Food Allergies Parenting with purpose Fidget Spinners Grandparents as parents Golden Child New year’s resolution Brain Research Oklahoma drug use Parkland Shooter Oklahoma Statute on Marijuana Amanda Percival National Drug Threat Assessment Summary The Martian Book Childhood depression Gun violence and mental health Role Models Addiction ADHD Family Roles Positive Illusions Seniors Spanking Millenials Communication 710 David Feldman How to control panic attacks How many sessions do I need Working Parents Sexual Abuse Therapy Substance Abuse Grounded Hope Social Media Panic attacks Bias Detox Diet What is domestic violence Parenting Teenagers Apps for Teens GirlStrong Newsletter Links between unemployment and depression The Golden Years Bullying Technology Suicide Prevention for Teens Domestic violence resources When Teens Should Get a Cell Phone Call of Duty Setting Boundaries for Your Teen Wax Audrey Woods Anger Prescription Drugs Prevention Is therapy forever Early Treatment of Depression Entitlement Syndrome ADA Prom safety goals What to do when you are laid off Suicide How to recognize domestic violence Helen Keller The Butterfly Circus Consequences Decision-Making Americans with Disabilities Act Prom Sheila Stinnett 13 Reasons Why Teenage perception of drug use Butane Honey Oil non-verbal communication History Medical Use of Marijuana in Oklahoma Funding Mayme White Miller Oklahoma Department of Human Services Retirement Planning Death Schedule 1 Drug How to manage anxiety Managing substance abuse Self Image Strong Willed Child Teens and cell phones Relationships Support Group Prom guidelines for teens Siblings in Conflict Captain of Your Ship Disability Ben Carson Teens and Time Management Misconceptions of Smoking Marijuana Disasters Marriage counseling Eating Disorder Procrastination Normalcy Child Development Edmond Character Council Drugs Independent Living DIY Marriage counseling Microagression Family Theory Tumblr Anxiety Marijuana Self Investment Why did the system fail Snapchat fads Chores for Teens Alcohol Conflict Teen Suicide Will counseling work quickly Scapegoating Limitations of counseling Freshman Year Positive Thinking personal growth How common are panic attacks Panic Edmond Municipal Court Butane Hask Oil Learning Disabilites Andy Weir Emotional Development Codependency What Matters Most Program bucket list Parenting through Divorce Speaker Listener Technique Communication techniques for couples parenting college age kids Happiness Great Depression 5 Love Languages College Age Children Facebook Tetra-Amelia Syndrome Impact of Suicide Time Management Supersurvivors Goal Setting Disciplining Teens Annie Sullivan Holiday stress


Call Us Now!