Frequently Asked Questions

How long does therapy last?

The length of therapy can vary due to the uniqueness of treatment needs and preferences.  Marriage and family therapists regularly practice short-term therapy: 12 sessions on average.  Nearly 65.6% of the cases are completed within 20 sessions, 87.9% within 50 sessions.  Marital/couples therapy (11.5 sessions) and family therapy (9 sessions) both require less time than the average individuated treatment (13 sessions). 

 

How long will I see you?

The answer to this question largely depends on you and your goals for therapy.  We commend people who have the courage to seek assistance when they feel that their lives are not where they would like for them to be.  To us, seeking help is a sign of health, not pathology.  We believe that everyone deserves to have positive relationships with themselves and those around them.  To achieve this goal, we will work together to determine what goals of therapy will be.  Depending on the nature of the goals, we will decide realistically how short-term or long-term the therapy will be.  For some, this may be a few sessions.  For others, it may be several months or even years.  However long it is, you will be part of this decision-making process. 

Resources:

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Mental Health Association for Frederick County

Frederick County Mental Health Hotlines

Maryland Psychological Association