People seek therapy for many reasons; sometimes it is when they have hit a crisis and adjustment is difficult, other times when things that have been going on for a while start to become uncomfortable. Some people come to therapy seeking self-knowledge and growth others come in grappling with conditions that are causing severe impairment to their lives.
“Therapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, therapy should enable you to feel better in the long run. Usually, it will take a number of sessions before therapy starts to make a difference. However, on rare occasions, a single session may be enough” (Counselling & Psychotherapy, backup)