How does counselling come to an end?

Counselling ends when you feel you have made as much progress as you need, wish or are able to make.

This may mean that:

  • The issue that originally brought you to counselling has been resolved
  • You have reached a place where you are comfortable and choose to stop
  • You wish to consolidate the work you have done into your everyday living, with the possibility of using counselling again if appropriate

You find you will become aware when counselling has helped you as much as it usefully can: ideally your counsellor will sense this too.

It is best if you plan your last appointment in advance, rather than simply finishing at the time. Endings raise interesting issues in themselves, as they are linked to loss, change and independence. It can be well worth reflecting on what they mean to you, and how you can make a good ending, in counselling and beyond.

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