So we come to the end (ish) of the Therapy 101 series. We’ve gone through before and during therapy – but, as I’ve said, I don’t see therapy as being an ongoing for-the-rest-of-your-life thing. Rather, I see counseling as something we may go into and out of throughout our life when things become difficult and we may need some extra support.
So, how do you know when it’s time? Well, there are a few markers that begin to pop up:
Sessions begin to be more chit-chatty.
When we are talking less about what brought you in and talking more about other things, this may be a sign that our time together is drawing to a close.
You have fewer things to talk about in session.
Similar to the above, you may come into session and not have anything to say. There is nothing pressing, you’re doing well using your skills, and we will celebrate that and also talk about what you may need to keep on keepin’ on.
You’ve met your goals we talked about in the beginning and there aren’t any others you can think of.
Early on, we talked about goals you had for our time together. Maybe other goals have popped up, but maybe you’ve gotten what you needed from this round of counseling in your life, with no other concerns.
We agree upon finishing our work together.
Maybe you’ve considered that our work together is at a close. If, after discussion, you would like to end services (for whatever reason), I will help you find other resources as necessary. Please don’t just stop coming; I’d love to connect you with others who may better serve your needs as necessary.
Now, it won’t just be, “Alright, all done.” We’ll begin cutting down on the number of sessions – maybe from weekly to biweekly, biweekly to monthly. If, after moving to monthly sessions, some of the same is still occurring, we’ll begin reviewing what you learned and the support you will need to keep on the path of your new behaviors and skills.
(And, know that you are always welcome to come back if necessary.)
Ready to start the journey toward finding pause? Making different decisions? Learning skills to help you get through the tough stuff? Drop me a line or schedule a free consultation. I’d love to hear from you.