You are the one who decides to start therapy. It is a decision taken from a need to reach out for support and awareness. Once you decide to start therapy the next step is choosing the right therapist as this will greatly affect the outcome of your therapeutic process.
The first session is usually about introducing yourself and your issue and setting the contract – that is terms of payment, time of sessions and cancellation policy – with your therapist. This is important as it gives the necessary structure and guidance to your therapeutic process.
You can stop therapy whenever you choose; ideally however this should be discussed with your therapist so that adequate closure is reached for the time even if you might intend to resume therapy in the future.