This is difficult to predict, because it is based on how committed and open-minded you are to the process of changing. Clients who work with me often report feeling better in a few sessions. More challenging issues sometimes take longer, as there is more work to be done. Either way, you are not alone on your path to healing and improvement.
Patrick has a master’s degree in Professional Counseling. He is licensed through the State of Utah, license #11582191-6004. Patrick has extensive graduate and post-graduate training including being a current PhD candidate in the field of education. Patrick’s methods of counseling include Cognitive Behavior, Solution Focused, Acceptance and Commitment, and Person-Centered Therapies.
This is a difficult question to answer, as every person and their needs are different. However, when looking, make sure your therapist is licensed through the State of Utah. It’s important to know which methods they use in therapy, because there are a variety of different approaches that are effective for different people. It’s also important to ask the counselor how they will be able to help you, and if they specialize in working with your unique challenges.
Most of all it’s important to have the right “fit” with the counselor you choose. As you learn to open yourself up and develop a relationship with your counselor, trust and confidentiality will be vital to a successful and effective counseling experience. Just as with any relationship, they work because they “just fit”. If it feels like too much work, or your counselor doesn’t really, “get you”, it may be time to look for another counselor.