Maribel Garcia, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist PSY27455

Many who have never done therapy before can easily have preconceived views on what it is, who it’s for, and what it means to go see a therapist. Therapy is a process of self-discovery. Therapy is most powerful when it helps people to learn to find answers for themselves rather than rely on another person to find them for them. You will learn about options you didn’t realize you had, which in turn will help you solve your own difficulties. A therapist can’t fix things for you (although many try). You need to learn what is best for yourself. Therapy helps you learn to soothe your own feelings.

How long will I be in therapy?

It is difficult to determine the duration and frequency of therapy. There are many factors that affect not only when you will start to feel better, but also how long it will take for the changes you’ve made become part of you/pattern.

Imposing an end date on therapy can result in misplaced expectations and leave you disappointed about the therapy process. In addition, nobody likes to feel pain, so it could understandably be affecting why you are putting a time limit on how long therapy will take. Your therapist will inform you that it’s difficult to put an exact time frame, but will also give you the freedom to terminate when you feel you’ve gotten what you needed out of therapy to help you.