Generally, sessions are about an hour, and usually, they are roughly once a month. Often I tend to start with 3 minutes of silence to set the tone of a meeting and draw a break from all that has gone on before the meeting started.
From that initial silence, meetings can go in many ways. It is helpful to have something to start with, a report of a spiritual experience, an issue that is bothering you, or a matter for prayer. It is a good idea to make a memo on your phone or in a journal or somewhere that you can review before the meeting to give a place to start. Often once the conversation is going, it will naturally flow throughout the meeting.
Many people are uncomfortable with silence in conversations. But spiritual direction meetings are not just standard conversations. It is common for there to be a bit of silence. Silence can be a good time to process emotions and thoughts in healthy ways.
Generally, I will ask you for a specific prayer request toward the end of each session. It is my practice to pray for you between meetings, and I want to do that informed by your requests and my own sense of God’s direction for you as I pray.