How does counseling end?

How does a counselor decide when to end counseling sessions or to terminate working with a client?

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

In my therapy practice the decision to end therapy is mutually made together with the patient.

Otherwise, the person can end up with a sense of tremendous rejection and abandonment.

The way you'll both know therapy is coming to a close is that the discussion will feel lighter and move easily.

The person's mood will be better, they will smile more, sit in their seat in a more relaxed way, look more at ease, take better care of their appearance.

One of the ways to end therapy is to gradually decrease the frequency of the sessions.

Sometimes people who are in my practice start to come each three weeks, then monthly, then every three months.

This gives a sense of security, friendliness, and casualness to the therapy, and de-medicalizes it as though the person was treated for a medical symptom and the symptom stops completely one day.

Talk therapy is about life and life problems usually end gradually.

I end my therapy in a way which mirrors the life process in which many interaction and situation problems show their effects gradually and show different effects over time.

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