How long does it take for therapy to start working?
Last Updated: 07/15/2019 at 9:14am
Sarah Archer, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
As a Licensed MFT I work with clients to more effectively address, process and learn skills to manage the problems that prevent them from living the life they want.
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Everybody is different therefore therapy takes different amount of time to see progress. But you have to remember to not give up and to keep going because it will really improve what are going through.
When I first had therapy, it took a good few months before I felt any different. Infact it got worse for a while but it DOES get better. I promise.
well, sometimes it takes a lot of time. but if you've got a good therapist, you will feel so much better after every single therapy (:
At least a couple times of going, sometimes therapy don't work, it depends on how you think of yourself, if you will get better or not, if you think it won't than it won't but if you think it will than I will.
It really depends upon the person. For some, it could start right away. For others, it could take a while. It depends upon the state in which you are in when you first start.
It depends for each individual and also what we personally define as working. On the first day we might start noticing little changes or realizing what we have been doing that is affecting us and how to modify our thinking. Other times, we might feel like it takes many session before we start seing positive change. The important is to practice what we learn in therapy and to give it a few try before we decide that it isn't for us. Not everyone (few in fact) can change old habits in one day. Keep practicing.
It depends on the type of therapy. SSRIs take 4-6 weeks to see an effect typically. For CBT, there is no defined time. People all respond differently. The key is to learn coping skills, and implement them ASAP. You will see a better turn around as you make these mechanisms part of your everyday life.
I think it depends on the person. Some won't see therapy as helping, I know I didn't. But now I look back it really did help to have someone there solely to help me during my difficulties. I think everyone should try it even if you don't think it is working at the time :)
Therapy is a practice. There is no on and off switch for being able to deal with life. As you work with the tools and coping mechanisms that you learn through therapy it can certainly become easier but mental health is generally a life long practice.
Therapy works when you want it to work. Once you have an open mind and is ready to start to take the advice of your therapist, it'll start to work more.
The effectiveness of therapy is very individualized. There is no fail-proof, cover-all therapy approach that works for all individuals every time. The length of time we each need to spend in therapy before we begin feeling some sense of relief is different for every person and every circumstance. Some of us may begin noticing some alleviation of their feelings of stress after a couple of therapeutic sessions while other of us may need extended counseling before we notice any changes. Every one is different. While you and I may have experienced very similar circumstances, our reactions and feelings regarding those experiences can be very different. Relatedly, the types of therapy and length of time we spend visiting our therapists can be very different.
Therapy results depend on the intensity of suffering but some immediate relief is possible. It may take time to see the results in the cases of chronic pain or suffering.
It depends on the specific therapy, and the individual. For medication therapies, the delay in response varies widely between the specific drug in question. Other therapies, like talk therapy, will depend upon you, your symptoms/pathology, and the practitioner.
I think how long therapy takes to start working totally depends on the person and the issue you are experiencing. I think it's helpful for everyone to see a therapist regularly (weekly or monthly). You might experience some relief immediately, but it can also take a long time to feel relief. Hang in there!
The effects of therapy don't stick to a strict schedule, its as unique as every individual going for therapy. Its important to find a therapist you feel comfortable with, the quality of the relationship is crucial to getting the results you want, however don't rush yourself, it could be long after therapy ends that you have that 'light bulb' moment where something clicks for you.
It depends on a lot of factors and whether you're recieving more outside support whether that's through friends or medication. When you see postive changes in yourself you'll know you're making progress!
Even if it may not seem like that at first, therapy is a form of relationship too. It doesn't work if both the therapist and the client are making efforts to move forward. So it's "working" as long as both are trying to make some sense of it.
It's different for each person, but it will never be immediate. Just like when your body gets injured, it takes time for your mind to heal.
It's really different for everyone. Some patients start feeling a little better two weeks into therapy, some only start to feel better in a few years. But either way, therapy is a great way to vent your feelings and problems, and if you have a really great therapist, hopefully therapy will start working sooner than later:)
It depends. You can't have an exact answer. Some people it can take days, or weeks, or months, years even. You can't completely determine when it will start working. When it starts working you know it will
Therapy can have very different effects on everyone. For some, just talking about their problems is all they need to feel better. For others, they need solutions and guidance from a therapist. Depending on who you are, seeing a therapist can start working at very different times. But on thing is true: seeing a therapist is the way to go for dealing with serious issues.
It varies depending on the person and what they are taking therapy for. I can be a long time or no time at all.
Everyone is different, it could take a few months or a bit longer, its up to you. Its ok to take your time to recover.
Change begins with oneself, so the more determined the person, the faster it works but then again its how much faith the person has in the therapist, his confidence in the person he is confiding his secrets. But to quantify it with a timeline i'd say we would see change in a week to ten days on regular sessions.
Everyone is different but talking about what bothers you can help a lot. We are all here to help you work through anything that is bothering you.
For therapy to work it really depends on the person to see how long it takes for it to work. They have to be willing to try new things to help them, the more willing the person is, the more likely chance that it will kick in. There are times when some types don't work, but there are plenty of ways of treatment that a person can try. They just have to find one that is best suited for them.
It depends on the individual! Some people feel better right after the first session, some people don't feel better until a few months later, some people don't realise the therapy worked until they finish going to it. Wait at least a few months and see if it works for you or not. You can always request a new therapist if your current one isn't working for you.
Therapy takes a different amount of time for every one because all circumstances are unique. Therpay begins to work the moment you allow it to. For some this moment is right when they start because the realization that you need help and are strong enough to seek it is the first path in accepting that help.
It depends on your reasons for therapy. But if you're open to it, it doesnt take too long :) Believe in yourself and be open to the healing process
For me it was about 5-6 months. I was really stubborn and didn't let my brain loosen up. But after 6 months the therapy started to working.
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