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.