A session usually lasts 60 minutes, although longer sessions might be considered useful. I recommend weekly sessions at least initially. After some time, we may agree to go to every other week, and eventually even less as therapy winds down. Sessions can be emotional and draining, so it is helpful to have some time afterwards to yourself to re-establish an equilibrium and to process thoughts and feelings evoked during sessions. At times, you may be asked to do something specific outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping a journal. For the therapy to be effective, it's important to be an active participant, both during and between the therapy sessions.
As Socrates said, "An unexamined life is not worth living." The benefits you obtain from counseling are multudinous. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands and cares. Counseling can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Allowing yourself to feel feelings and to explore old beliefs can open up new possibilities and discover unexplored aspects of yourself. The relationship established with a counselor will help you to explore your relationships with people in your life.
I am an "out-of-network provider" which means that I am not listed on any insurance companies panel of providers. However, if your insurance company covers other providers, I can provide you with what is called a "super bill" which you can submit to your insurance company for at least partial reimbursement. The first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully. Do you have mental health benefits? Do they cover "out-of-network providers"? How many sessions per calendar year does your plan cover? What is your deductible?