Cognitive behavioural therapy is generally considered short-term therapy — about 10 to 20 sessions. You and your therapist can discuss how many sessions may be right for you. Factors to consider include:

  • The type of disorder or situation

  • The severity of your symptoms

  • How long you have had your symptoms or have been dealing with your situation

  • How quickly you make progress

  • How much stress you're experiencing

  • How much support you receive from family members and other people

Sessions usually start out being weekly and then become less frequent when clients have experienced significant improvements in their difficulties. It’s recommended that clients have booster sessions 3, 6, and 12 months after they finish treatment.

It is important to understand that CBT may not cure your condition or make an unpleasant situation go away. But it can give you the power to cope with your situation in a healthy way and to feel better about yourself and your life.