Counselors have to set boundaries with patients limiting the duration of the counseling session.
First of all, set the expectation. Let the patient know what their time limit is.
If you have the luxury, you can determine
your time limit. There are billing codes
for 20-30 minute appointments, 45-55 minute appointments and 90 minute
The industry standard for counseling appointments is 45-55 minutes.
Your approach is essential to ensuring
the patient maintains the time boundary.
Good therapy can occur in any amount of
time as long as the patient (and you) understand the limitations that exist.
Shorter appointments may be suitable for crisis counseling and educational appointments
Ernest Rossi Research shows that learning occurs in 90 minute increments. See the “in press” research here: http://tinyurl.com/8ww5ufv
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Licensed Mental Health Counselor
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