Ending Therapy – How To Face It, And The Future Without Therapy

Ending therapy - how to face it, as well as the future without therapy

Every death, any farewell or decision on things in our lives fills us with uncertainty and fear of the future. This is especially true when we have been in a deep relationship with a person or situation. We can no longer rely on his support. When we reach the end of therapy, fear often begins to appear in us.

In cases of this type, once we have achieved the goals originally set for the therapy, we begin to be near the end of the therapy. Alongside this, we are beginning to fear new stages of exacerbation, and we will not be able to face the world without the security that psychological support has provided us.

These fears are really common, and to ensure a successful end to therapy, the patient must address these fears before it ends. There are different techniques and goals, and they are all created to deal with fears. These are the main objectives:

  • Helping the patient to take credit for the changes that have taken place during therapy.
  • Creating “security mechanisms” that can facilitate the face of potential exacerbations or crises.
  • Moving from life in therapy, and facilitating it, to living without therapy.

While this may seem simple, every patient and every therapeutic process is different. Each case must be analyzed individually. In this article, we will discuss, in a general way, how to help patients face therapy termination successfully.

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The patient himself will be his own best therapist

When a patient has an appointment with their psychologist, he or she usually goes into therapy on the assumption that the psychologist is the one who solves his or her problems. This often happens because we are used to a medical scenario. Your doctor will prescribe an outside solution that usually does not mean any significant changes in our lives. At least not more than the need to take the pill every now and then.

But many of us don’t realize, however, that good psychologists don’t work that way. In psychological therapy, the main goal is for the patient to become their own therapist. The patient often begins with an inferior and anticipatory attitude toward psychology. However, the hope is that in the end, the patient will be able to master and effectively use the tools provided by the psychologist.

However, this does not mean that a person who has suffered from a psychological problem and has been successfully treated will be able to treat others or give advice. He has become an expert on himself and his own problems. After stopping treatment, she is able to apply everything she has learned in therapy to her own life without the need for constant psychological supervision or follow-up.

Reflect on what you have learned

It is really important that psychologists communicate their message really clearly to their patients. Patients need to know that they themselves are participants and they are the masters of change in their own lives.

We psychologists have only helped them achieve their well-being by trying to improve their abilities with certain tools. Patients themselves must put these tools into practice and correct their results. They themselves have got to where they are now.

When we face the end of therapy, it is often positive to ask patients to reflect on everything they have learned. Sometimes it’s a good way to write a letter to the past self — to someone who once sought psychological help to face a problem they’ve now gotten over or can now deal with. This helps them achieve and internalize a different perspective on what they are capable of doing. And this equips them to face any possible recurrence of the problem.

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“Safety mechanisms” that are essential for future exacerbations

“Safety mechanisms” are resources that a patient must have at their disposal in order to be able to face possible stages of exacerbation. These mechanisms include clarifying his problems right at the beginning of therapy, as well as normalizing “falls” as one step in the whole process.

At the beginning of any therapeutic process, the psychologist should examine the backgrounds and consequences of any problems that have led the patient to seek therapy. This analysis should include situations or people that cause problems to manifest. This analysis should also include the emotions that bring this to light.

This information is really important for us to be able to perform an individual and successful treatment. This information is really important even at the end of therapy. It can contain vital clues to do about possible recurrences. Let us take into account the fact that renewals always take place in significant contexts. Keys to those contexts are just as important as personal keys when it comes to the ability to manage and predict usage. And if we recognize situations where problems may arise, we can be stronger when we face them.

Preparing for possible recurrences

Not only is the patient’s ability to predict possible recurrences important, but therapy also provides the necessary means to cope. When we analyze a problem on an individual level, the patient can often guess when recurrences may occur. He also knows what resources he can use in any situation.

In this way, psychologists can teach their patient “safety mechanisms” which in turn will help him get over any intricacies on the journey. The psychologist must make it clear to his patient that he has control over his own problem. 

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Another influential factor is the thoughts that arise when a problem occurs. Let’s look at a simple example to explain this more clearly:

Just because we skip our one-day weight loss regimen doesn’t mean we’re wasting all the effort we’ve put into it and the progress we’ve made. It is entirely up to us whether we decide to continue or whether we decide to go back to our old ways. We can do the same during treatment with possible recurrences. We can decide for ourselves whether we are going to give up or whether we are going to see renewal as just a small stumbling block.

How to prepare ourselves for life after a long therapy

Finally,  another thing that may interfere with the termination of the therapeutic process is the length of therapy. The longer the therapy, the greater the restlessness, fear, and difficulty the patient usually feels. In these cases, it is not so much a fear of possible recurrences, but this fear has more to do with how to face life without psychological supervision. Without a person to correct, monitor, and reinforce progress. This may be due to the relationship between the psychologist and the patient, the feeling of affection, friendship, or addiction. If this is the case, and the therapeutic process is prolonged, then the psychologist must keep some distance from the patient. The psychologist is not a friend and he is not always by the side of the patient.

This whole process can be complicated when the patient does not have a good social support network. Sometimes a psychologist can take part in a patient’s life, even if he or she is not required to do so. In this case, as one of the therapeutic goals before ending therapy, the patient should enrich their own social network as much as possible. If he or she does not have a social network, he or she must create one so that he or she can share his or her problems with others.

In the end,  what we want to achieve between the patient and the psychologist at the end of the therapy is that there is a consensus between them. Both the patient and the psychologist must agree on what has been achieved in the sessions. The patient must also know that he or she is able to face life outside of therapy, successfully.

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