Phase 3: Moving away from treatment
Eventually, you will become comfortable managing your life as it currently stands.
As you consider ending treatment, we will
- Evaluate your original symptoms
- Review treatment gains and identify your refined coping skills
- Consider whether or not you want to develop new goals
- Make a plan for you to maintain treatment gains without ongoing therapy
While it is not mandatory, I always recommend ending treatment with a termination session(s). This final time together allows you to reflect on the growth that you have made, make a plan for how you will apply this on your own, address questions about maintenance of therapeutic gains (referrals, possible booster sessions), and processing the end of the therapeutic relationship.