Great news! Things are improved and you feel like you no longer need to be in counseling! Now what? When many clients reach this point, it is not unusual for them to terminate treatment via email, or to not show for their next scheduled session. It seems like the client understands that things have improved and isn’t sure of the next steps, or maybe they are nervous to talk to their therapist. Here’s a guide to help with the counseling termination process.
When you are considering terminating treatment, make sure to talk with your counselor and let them know that you feel like things have improved. Hopefully your counselor has also observed the improvement! Every counselor has a treatment plan with measurable goals. Talk to your counselor about the treatment plan and the two of you can discuss all the goals you have met and determine if there are any other goals the two of you could still work towards.
After discussing with your counselor your plans to discontinue, make sure the two of you have plans for a termination session or sessions. Counseling is a very intimate experience emotionally and psychologically, so having closure of the process is very important. Often times, a counselor views the progress, but wants to wait to make sure the client maintains their gains. For instance, many counselors want to continue treatment until they are able to monitor a stressful period, such as a return to school or work, in order to ensure the client maintains goals. Other times, a counselor might suggest slowly discontinuing treatment. For instance, many clients reduce to every other week and then monthly check-ins. Monthly check-ins or slowly reducing counseling is a great way to discontinue, as many clients report that they felt greater self-reliance on their new skills gained in the counseling experience when doing monthly check-ins.
After discontinuing counseling it is important to not feel discouraged if you feel like you would benefit from counseling again. Counseling is a great resource to help you make improvements in life and cope with life stressors!
Written by: Amy Rollo, M.A., LSSP, LPC-S
Amy Rollo is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and the Clinical Director at Cy-Hope Counseling. Amy has been practicing for over ten years. She has doctoral level training in the areas of child and adolescent counseling, marriage and family therapy, and adult counseling. Amy Rollo provides counseling and evaluation services in the Cypress, Texas and surrounding areas. Amy’s goal in counseling is to journey with her clients in order to foster positive changes and growth in their lives. Read more about Amy counseling style by visiting http://www.amyrollotherapy.com/about/