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    Re: Ending therapy: How to figure out when it's time

    Ultimately it's your decision but trust what he says as well.
    ~ Allow yourself to be the light that the world so desperately needs. ~ Unknown

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    Re: Ending therapy: How to figure out when it's time

    I did talk to him and I am only seeing him every other week now.

    I think it's going to be fine.I'm sure that judging by some of my posts when I am struggling,some people may think it's not a good idea.But,I am going to struggle whether I see him 2 times per month or once a week,or even if I went every day. So I just need to keep using everything I have learned to get through the bad times.And I can always see him in between,or whenever,if I need to,and just knowing that helps.

    I realized this past year is I need to be around people more,good,supportive people.There's so much negativity in my life and I need to say yes more to invitations to go places and do things and have fun. Isolating makes everything worse,I need to get out and do more and be around other people so that I'm not sitting home,lost in my own thoughts.That's my biggest downfall,letting myself get caught up in thoughts and memories.

    I don't know how this is going to go,but I am determined to do this,so I guess we shall see.

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    Re: Ending therapy: How to figure out when it's time

    I haven't seen my therapist since Jan.19th,and I have had no contact with him at all since then.

    There have been times when I have wanted to email or call him but instead I journaled as if I was writing to him.That has really helped because I get it all out and then imagine what his response would be.I feel kind of weird doing that,because I am soothing and calming myself yet using him to help do it,but it works.

    Whatever works is all that matters,right?

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    Re: Ending therapy: How to figure out when it's time

    Right. If it's working, keep doing it until or unless it stops working.


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    Re: Ending therapy: How to figure out when it's time

    I am going to be completely honest,I am still in therapy because I am having a hard time letting go of my therapist.

    I don't see him very often anymore,but I still do see him.I would be fine without him,I mean I could manage without him,get through struggles without his help,I just don't want to not have him in my life.

    I don't want to end therapy,I don't want to do the goodbye thing,I would just like to leave it open,I want him to always be there,to always be available,if and when I need him.

    Just the thought of ending it makes me feel sad,he has been such a huge part of my life the past 5 years.But it's not even about therapy anymore,I care about him,I have feelings for him,he is like a father figure or something.

    I don't know how to let go,but I know I need to.And he is leaving it up to me,so if I don't find a way to do this I am afraid I will continue going the rest of my life.

    I honestly never expected to feel this way when I started therapy,I never thought I could ever open up and trust anyone so completely,especially a male.And I never expected to care about someone this much.Most of the caring feelings I have are because I am so grateful for everything he has helped me accomplish.

    I could very easily just not go back at all,just cancel the next session I have and not schedule another one,because I know he is still there and I could call and schedule at any time,if I needed to or wanted to.But to devote a couple/few sessions on saying goodbye and actually ending it,I don't think I can do that.

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    Maybe I'm just not ready to end it right now.Maybe popping in for sessions now and then is okay and maybe eventually I will be ready to take that leap and let go(?).

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    Re: Ending therapy: How to figure out when it's time

    Of course it's okay, LIT. I think most people gradually taper off, as slowly as they want to.


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    Re: Ending therapy: How to figure out when it's time

    Should I feel embarrassed or ashamed that I feel the way I do about my therapist?Is it normal or common to feel this way?

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    Ending therapy: How to figure out when it's time

    Yes. It's really very common. No reason to feel embarrassed.


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    Re: Ending therapy: How to figure out when it's time

    LIT --

    I get it. I really do. We form such deep connections with our therapists, and they become our security blankets, even though their job is to become obsolete.

    Your feelings aren't unusual at all. I have the same feelings, especially since my dad died. I rely on my therapist a lot. He's the first person I go to for everything. I've talked to him about it, and he's assured me what I'm feeling is normal and understandable. It can be scary, because these feelings feel "bad" and forbidden. Therapy, as you know, is the one place we can let ourselves be vulnerable and exposed and it's safe to do so. So it makes sense.

    If you can talk to your therapist about what you're feeling and why you're not ready to leave therapy - go for it. If you're not ready for that conversation, that's ok too. I'll never leave therapy as long as it's up to me. I just can't. I need him too much and he knows it. But when I'm doing well I don't need him as much or I need him in a different way I should say.

    I don't think anyone should ever feel pressured to leave therapy. It sounds like you still need to go for one reason or another, so don't worry about rushing yourself out the door before you're ready.
    ~ Allow yourself to be the light that the world so desperately needs. ~ Unknown

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    Re: Ending therapy: How to figure out when it's time

    Thanks Turtle,you really made me feel better about the whole thing.

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