In most cases, for as long as you want to! The beauty of therapy is that the control is in your hands. If you think that, after working with a counselor or therapist for several sessions, you’ve achieved what you wanted out of therapy, then you’re more than welcome to end the therapeutic relationship and move on. Most therapists see it as an achievement when they’re not needed or necessary in someone’s life anymore – that means that you have the tools to handle life’s ups and downs on your own and you don’t need to rely on your therapist anymore. However, we as therapists usually want to leave the door open to people who have finished up with us; this means that if you come across a rough patch in the future, we’d fully welcome seeing you back in our office and supporting you through your difficult time.