SSG, you bring up a good question about counseling. But first to answer the question on dosage. I first started on a low dose of 7.5 mgs of Buspar. After two weeks, not feeling much change, my doc upped my dosage to 15 mg (7.5 in morning and 7.5 in evening) which I stayed at for a week. Then the dosage was upped to 30 mg (15 in am and 15 in pm). I knew from my own research that the max dose was 60 mg and those that respond to Buspar often respond at 30 or so. To be honest I have never felt a dramatic kick in (as I did went I started prozac years ago), but it was more of a steady but sure feeling. A sense that anxiety as an urgent issue was decreasing.
As for therapy, I went to a clinic in Chicago that specialized in anxiety and depression. I worked with a student therapist at a reduced rate. Honestly, at first I was impatient. The therapist was using CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy. But I was already very familiar with these concepts. So I challenged her to please try to find approaches that were newer to me. She introduced me to ACT therapy (Acceptance and Commitment therapy) which I loved. She taught me how to do mindful meditation, and breathing exercises. She helped me see that anxiety is not always a bad thing. (For instance, when I did public speaking for my novel, I knew that I'm feel nervous and excited. I accepted that. But I also knew that I would give a great presentation.) When I first came to see her for therapy, I told her I wanted a life without any anxiety. She helped me see that a life without any anxiety is not a life. That anxiety is a part of life, as is joy and love and struggle. After four weekly therapy sessions, I ended them on a good note. I still use things I learned from that therapy.