Therapy is aimed to decrease or alleviate symptoms and distress. Some clients may feel an improvement in symptoms after 3-4 sessions whereas other clients may have more complex needs and are better suited for longer term management. Your psychologist should be able to advise you on the expected outcomes and time frame of therapy.
Clients, during therapy, typically report that they are able to identify sources of their problems and patterns of their negative thoughts or habits and are able to correct this using what they have learned in sessions. Commonly clients often report that they feel they have an increased ability to cope more effectively with everyday stressors.