How long is a therapy session?

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Typically, a therapy session can run 40 to 60 minutes long but may run longer. Group therapy sessions can run around 90 minutes, while more intensive individual counseling sessions can go for two to three hours. 

The length of your therapy session depends on the type of mental health services you’re receiving.Your mental health therapist will inform you of the length of your therapy session. 

For individual therapy sessions, you may be booked for one hour but there’s a segment of time called the “therapy hour” or “therapeutic hour” which can range from 45 to 55 minutes of that hour. That’s when your therapy session happens. The mental health counselor uses the extra time to jot down notes about your session, tidy up their office for the next patient, and take a break.

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