Re: How long is too long...
i think what you are feeling right now is very natural. i've had that feeling myself, being down about the end of therapy.
my first therapist i saw for just about a year. the last few times i saw him were spread out, we went to two weeks apart then to a month and a follow up 2 or 3 months later, so it wasn't a full year's worth. he essentially made the decision to end the therapy and it was very hard on me. it was very hurtful and i am still angry for how he handled things. i am sorry you've had to go through that too, and in fact i find it very harsh that your therapist ended things then and there right at the end of your session. ending therapy is a process in itself that needs to be worked through together, for some people it's quick (a session or two), for others it might take longer and other things surface. (see Terminating therapy - what, why, how - Psychlinks Psychology Self-Help & Mental Health Support Forum). 5 minutes at the end of a session is just ridiculous and very badly handled.
about a month after i last saw my first therapist i started with my current therapist. i've been seeing her about a year and a half now. so i've been doing this for about 2.5 years now.
not too long ago i started worrying about the end of therapy myself, but i have since come to realize just what turtle said: by the time it's time to end therapy i'll be ok with it. how do i know this? because that is the whole goal of therapy. the goal is to have dealt with our difficulties and feeling ready to face life on our own. i don't doubt i'll be sad about it because i know i'll really miss her. but i'll be okay, and i know this because i have felt more okay than i have in the past several years. as long as you don't feel okay with the idea of no therapy then you're not ready. you will hit a point where you will be okay with it. i know that's really hard to imagine and i never really could imagine it for myself. but i've had a feel of life as it should be for a while now (for the most part) and that has given me the insight that when i am ready, i'll be ready and it will be ok.
the other thing that also helps in this is that when we finish therapy it doesn't mean we're never allowed to return. should anything ever come up in your life again that you need help with you can return. i find a lot of comfort in that. my therapist will be there if i need her.
i wouldn't worry about your current pregnancy taking up "valuable time". it isn't. i've also found that certain things have brought me to therapy but then as those things are being worked on, life still continues on and other things will happen that we need support and help for. don't worry about being side tracked, it's part of the whole process.
congratulations on your pregnancy, by the way!
~ our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall - confucius
~ it is the journey, not the destination, that matters
~ keep hanging on, the sun will come shining through for you again