Questions About Endings in Counselling, with Damien Haigh

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What do I do if I want to end my counselling?

You have the right to end your counselling at any time.

Normally, you will know when you feel better and when it is the right time to end. It is often most beneficial if the client and counsellor work together towards an ending, rather than just end the work suddenly. We can work together to help you decide when you are ready to end your counselling, and to make your ending a good one.

Usually, it is a good idea to have at least one ending session, but a longer ending period may be more helpful, particularly when the therapy has been long-term.

Are there any occasions when clients might end their counselling too soon?

Sometimes, clients may feel that they want to end their counselling on an impulse, because of the strong negative feelings or distress which can arise in counselling, or because they feel that counselling is not helping them.

These feelings might arise because clients have gone through difficult endings or sudden losses, such as relationship break-ups or bereavements, at various times in their lives. The counselling work has the potential to restimulate the feelings from these events.

If clients end the work suddenly in this way, this can sometimes cause them to miss opportunities to resolve further difficulties, and they do not get the chance to understand and work through their losses completely.

I would be grateful, therefore, if you could discuss your wish to end with me, even if this feels difficult, as we will then have a chance to talk about and work through these difficult feelings, rather than leave them unspoken. This will help you to understand your feelings better and perhaps even resolve your distress.


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Posted: 27 September 2016.

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