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What’s It Like? ... To go to counseling

Generally, people seek out counseling when they’re having trouble managing their daily lives.

BY JACLYN COSGROVE Modified: October 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm •  Published: October 14, 2012
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/articleid/3718741/1/pictures/1856223">Photo - Paul Williams, MA NCC LPC, is program manager of adult and family outpatient services at NorthCare in Oklahoma City.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Paul Williams, MA NCC LPC, is program manager of adult and family outpatient services at NorthCare in Oklahoma City. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

What are the risk factors?

Sometimes the phrase “It gets worse before it gets better” is used to refer to counseling. Sometimes in the beginning of counseling, it can feel like counseling is only making things worse. This is because you’re dealing with difficult subjects, things you might not necessarily want to talk about but that you know you need to talk about. Even though the beginning sessions can be difficult, your therapist can help you work through those difficult times to work past your personal traumas and stresses.

What’s the recovery

time?

Some people find that after six to 10 sessions, they’re feeling better and more stable. Others find this relief after fewer sessions and others would like to attend more than 10 sessions. You and your counselor will determine what time frame works best for you. There isn’t necessarily a specific time frame that works for everyone.

What’s the follow-up?

After your first session, you and your counselor will determine when your next session should be. This will depend on your needs and the amount of time you have.

Most people who seek therapy do not stay in it for the rest of their lives but rather on an “as needed” basis.

Source: Paul Williams, program manager of adult and family outpatient services at NorthCare; National Institute for Mental Health.

What’s it like ... ?

Ever wonder what it’s like to have a knee replacement? To undergo a heart scan? To have a colonoscopy? This is part of a continuing series of articles called “What’s it Like?” in which The Oklahoman explains common medical procedures people may elect to participate in or be required to undergo. This week’s topic: What’s it like to go to counseling?


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