That’s what they call the end of psychotherapy. Chanced upon, at intueri, a very thoughtful post by a psychiatry resident on what termination is like. Intueri: to contemplate. Here’s a brief excerpt:
Termination sounds like a single, discrete event. It is rather a process, an unfolding sequence. In psychotherapy, the general guideline is to begin to discuss termination at least three months prior to the expected end of the relationship.
“If you don’t talk about it, your departure can manifest itself as abandonment,” supervisors consistently counsel. “Plus, most people often have strong reactions to loss. Discussing termination allows people to learn a lot about themselves and to learn that the ending of a relationship doesn’t have to be bad.”
Intueri has also written about relationship. In the mean time, check out termination – an introduction.