Termination makes me sad. Even when this means letting go of the “challenging” clients, or the “spirited” ones if we’re talking teens. It’s such an intimate relationship. It’s also an honor to share in someone’s story and help process the pain, the sleepless nights, the heartbreak, and most importantly, the triumphs.
I’ve been thinking about the concept of life’s rules lately. Honestly, some aren’t working any more — so I’m breaking out and breaking time-worn psychotherapy tenets. The more I practice, the more I believe in the value of the relationship. What else is there, really?
When a terminating client asks if there’s a way to carry “your voice in my head,” or a “can I have a script to take with me?,” I happily oblige.
Over the years I’ve recorded Mp3 files for breathing, relaxation, mindfulness and positive psychology exercises for outgoing counseling clients. I believe a lot of what’s discussed, dissected, and tossed around during the therapy hour is lost.
Sometimes clinicians forget that concepts like ‘defenses,’ ‘rumination,’ ‘projection’ and ‘mindfulness’ get lost in translation. We ignore the fact that our vernacular may not be mainstream. For this reason, I think it’s wise to think outside the box and offer more tangible ways to absorb psychological tenets after the therapeutic bond ends.
The following 5-minute video is a summary of common areas my clients work toward mastering on the Road to Calm. Hopefully they’ll help you (or your clients), too.
Termination in Therapy: Coping Skills + Exercises to Practice Post-Therapy (Video)
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