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TOPIC TITLE: When to end therapy
Created On 9/10/13 9:47 PM
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sruth1
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9/10/13 9:47 PM
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After being attacked in February, I started to have panick attacks and become depress. I have been in therapy since june, and on meds for a couple of weeks. For the first time in months I am starting to feel "normal" again. I slept for the first time all night last night, and I only had one panick attack today. I don't want to be in therapy forever, but I don't want to end it and then relapse a couple of days later. How do I know if I am ready to stop.
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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9/11/13 2:41 PM
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sruth,
B"H you are feeling better.
Have you discussed the topic with your therapist? If not, I recommend you do. If yes, what did your therapist say?
With my clients I do not have a set amount of time I see people- it depends on their presenting problems and goals.
a lynn
 
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sruth1
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9/11/13 7:53 PM
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I have nor spoken to him yet. I know this sounds weared but I am scared about what he will say. When I think of ending therapy I start to hyperventilate because I don't know that I am ready to conquer the world alone. But then when I think about continuing with therapy I get upset t myself for not getting over this not being ble functionlike. "Normal" person. I just want to be myself gain and I the that I m letting this effect me. So in short I panick just thinking bout it but relly want to be my old self gain he be done with this.
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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9/12/13 10:10 AM
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First of all, I think it's a good idea to discuss your feelings about therapy- leaving and staying. Also, it sounds like you have a self judgment about seeing/"needing" a therapist. That might also be worth exploring.
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Cutiestarr
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9/12/13 12:46 PM
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I have a question related to this.

Sine psychologists make their living off of the caseload of their patients, how can they be objective when assessing when a person does not need therapy anymore?
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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9/12/13 3:43 PM
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I think it is a collaboration btwn the therapist and client. If they both agree that the client is still benefiting (should stay in therapy), or has achieved their goals, there is no question, right? The issue becomes relevant if they disagree. If the client feels he is "done", and the therapist does not agree, it usually merits at least a conversation. It could be that a client wants to "run" from painful material. Sometimes therapists are accused of self interest when they make the recommendation for a client to stay in treatment and they ARE looking out for the best interest of the client. Sometimes it is in the best interest of the therapist and NOT the client. I think a good therapist has to make a cheshbon hanefesh and examine possible conflicts of interest. I believe this is true in any service industry or business (medicine, retail, real estate, banking), and not particular to psychology.
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