Ending Therapy: The Importance of Planned Termination

How to Ease the Transition Out of the Therapy Relationship

Rich Simon

Of course, all good therapists want to bring their clients to a place where they've met their therapy goals and achieved the necessary growth to feel comfortable ending the therapy relationship. But therapists and clients may not always be operating on the same timetable—one may feel that it’s time to terminate therapy, while the other is sure that there’s still work to be done. So how can you make sure that you aren’t prematurely ending therapy with a client who isn’t ready to go it alone yet?

Lisa Ferentz—president and founder of The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Inc.—emphasizes the importance of making sure that any therapy termination is a planned one, and she has a helpful technique that she employs at the end of any therapy relationship.

Watch the clip below to hear Lisa talk about planned termination and learn about a simple homework assignment that you can start using immediately to effectively ease clients out of the therapy relationship.


This is just one of the many ethical issues that will be covered in our new webcast series.

Ethics in an Age of Informality:
Protecting Yourself When Boundaries Blur

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Here’s a preview of what each session in this series offers you:

  • Lisa Ferentz on Countertransference: Probing the Heart of Our Ethical Dilemmas
    Examine the personal issues that can lead therapists to violate boundaries using clips from the HBO series, In Treatment.

  • Mitchell Handelsman on Beyond Good Intentions: Positive Ethics with Difficult Clients
    Explore the principles of ethical excellence and how to maintain the highest standards even with your most challenging cases.

  • Mary Jo Barrett on The Ethically Attuned Therapist
    Learn how to effectively establish boundaries from the very first session.

  • Frederic Reamer on The Ambiguities of Ethical Practice: Defining Our Clinical Role and Its Limits
    Get a clear understanding of how to protect yourself from potential ethical violations when the issue isn’t black or white.

  • DeeAnna Nagel on The Ethics of Online Therapy
    Address the ethical questions that arise when offering therapy online.

  • Kenneth Hardy on The Ethics of Self Disclosure
    Examine the benefits and risks of being more transparent as a clinician.


Ethics in an Age of Informality
Series Begins December 3rd

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Topic: Challenging Clients & Treatment Populations | Ethics

Tags: ethical issues | attuned therapist | boundaries | Countertransference | ethical issue | Ethical violation | good therapists | Mary Jo Barrett | online therapy | planned termination | psychotherapy | termination | therapist | therapists | therapy | therapy termination | Transference

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