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The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families$
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Moshe Almagor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669554

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669554.001.0001

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Ending Therapy and Follow-up

Ending Therapy and Follow-up

Chapter:
(p.233) 14 Ending Therapy and Follow-up
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The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families
Author(s):

Moshe Almagor

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816669554.003.0014

This chapter explains the process of terminating the therapeutic process, associated with mourning and loss of the client–therapist relationship. When the interaction between the client and the therapist ends, the memory of the interaction and of the caring and the insights gained linger much longer. The chapter asks: when does therapy end? And how does it end? The contract specifies the criteria for ending therapy, and once these criteria are met, therapy ends. The client is asked to review the process of therapy, beginning with the referral problem and outlining the course of therapy and change. The chapter also explains the importance of follow-up sessions after the termination of therapy.

Keywords:   termination, therapeutic process, client–therapist relationship, follow-up session, therapy

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