• 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


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


Call Us Now!