The length of the course of treatment is one of the most individualized–and least generalizable–questions to answer. Each person begins therapy with a unique constellation of personal factors that makes it difficult to compare across patients. Although symptoms may be the same, the meaning behind the symptoms and the personal history that created these symptoms are purely individual. This is very different from physical illnesses in which health professionals can provide a predictable course of treatment and prescribe universally responsive treatments. Emotional and relational suffering simply does not work this way. Improvements in mood often emerge within a few weeks of starting therapy. What is individual, however, is the time it takes to solidify these improvements so that symptoms do not re-emerge after therapy ends.