Because people have different tasks and goals for therapy (or counseling), therapy may be somewhat different for every individual. In general, you can expect to discuss what is concerning you, personal history that may be relevant, and listen to what the therapist has to say. As a trained professional, the therapist may have insights to offer, a differently focused perspective, or suggestions for a plan of action. Depending on your needs, therapy may be short or long-term and can be discontinued at any time. It is best when therapy is regular and consistent, at least weekly, so, just like physical therapy, you can try new responses and perspectives early on, and continually evaluate progress. The purpose of therapy is to better your life, and your therapist has been specially trained to help you with this.