2 days left, including today

Tomorrow is my last day with my current employer, before I strike out on my own.  I’ve spent the past 3 weeks saying goodbye to my clients, some of whom took it well, some of whom did not.

When you come to the point in therapy where you need to say goodbye to your therapist or your therapist needs to say goodbye, or therapy has accomplished what it needs to accomplish, you should do the following things.

1.  Definitely attend your last session.

2.  Don’t bring gifts–your therapist cannot receive them due to professional ethics.  Bringing yourself is fine.

3.  Discuss what was helpful in therapy.

4.  Discuss what you wished happened in therapy, including what you did not find helpful in therapy.

5.  Discuss what you want to work on in the future, with or without a therapist.

That way you both can end on good and complete terms and feel like everything was said.

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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2 Responses to 2 days left, including today

  1. Regina Krause says:

    It was many years ago, but the therapist whose work got me back to valuing myself had just such a session. We parted with good words, mutual praise and a hug. I was her last client before she retired. May you have many good moments of reward in your future, Nate.

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