13. Termination Session and Follow Up
A termination session for therapy marks the culmination of a therapeutic journey and sets the stage for a smooth transition towards the client’s independent well-being. Here’s a description of what such a session might look like:
1. Reflecting on progress: We start by reflecting on the progress made during the therapy process. We acknowledge the challenges faced, milestones achieved, and the personal growth you experienced. This allows both of us to appreciate your efforts and celebrate your accomplishments.
2. Reviewing goals: We review the goals established at the beginning of therapy and assess which goals have been met and which may still require further work. This discussion helps you gain a sense of closure and understand the areas where you have made significant strides.
3. Recognizing coping strategies: I highlight the coping strategies and tools you have learned and utilized throughout therapy. I emphasize your resilience and ability to manage difficulties effectively. By acknowledging your newfound skills, it instills confidence and self-belief, empowering you to continue growing beyond therapy.
4. Addressing unresolved issues: If there are any lingering unresolved issues or topics that require additional exploration, we can take the opportunity to discuss them. This ensures that you don’t leave therapy with unresolved concerns or unanswered questions. I will provide guidance, insight, and support to help you navigate these final challenges.
5. Discussing relapse prevention: We will engage in a conversation about strategies to prevent relapse or setbacks. We will explore potential triggers and develop a plan to address them effectively. You will be equipped with the necessary tools and resources to maintain your progress independently. I will be emphasizing the importance of self-care and ongoing personal development.
6. Addressing future support: I offer you availability of future support options, such as community resources, support groups, or periodic check-ins. This ensures you will have a safety net in place and you will know where to turn if you need further assistance. It also helps you feel supported even after therapy has officially ended.
7. Expressing gratitude and closure: We will have the opportunity to express our gratitude for the therapeutic relationship and the work we have done together. We can acknowledge the impact we have had on each other’s life. This expression of gratitude creates a sense of closure and fosters a positive ending to the therapeutic journey.
8. Finalizing paperwork: In the last part of the session, any necessary paperwork or administrative tasks are completed. This may include signing termination forms, discussing records maintenance or disposal, and clarifying confidentiality policies.
Throughout the termination session, I will maintain a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental attitude, creating a safe space for you to express your emotions and concerns. By focusing on reflection, recognition, closure, and empowerment, an ideal termination session honors the progress made in therapy and sets the stage for a successful transition into post-therapy life.