This largely depends on the severity of the problems you’re bringing in, and how willing you are to work on them.
Generally, though, our initial sessions give me a chance to learn about you, what your goals are, and formulate a plan as well as introducing you to some things to try right away. We can get a lot accomplished in as few around 6 sessions, though most therapists agree that even 12 is still considered relatively brief therapy, and I ask that you plan on coming every week for at least 8 weeks to really get a solid start. We will have a better sense of the length of your treatment at that point. We may eventually decide to taper our together as you are able to make progress on your own and need less support.
After completing therapy, many clients also enjoy the benefit of having our relationship already set up, and are able to return for “check-up” sessions regularly or for another course of therapy if they find they have new problems arising or want to take our work even further. It is always great to know you have an ally on your side if you need one!