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Endings and Beginnings
Endings and beginnings

Coming to the end of a working collaboration with clients can be a bittersweet experience. The good news is that they've made some changes, taken some steps, transformed in some measure their ways of being in the world. But discontinuing therapy also means the end of what is often a rich and meaningful relationship for therapist and client alike, so it comes with a sense of loss as well. There is no fixed meaning for what is sometimes ominously (Young, 2009) referred to as “termination”; like any other moment in time, the end of a series of therapeutic conversations offers possibilities for constructive meaning making—looking back on the territory traveled and looking ahead to new horizons. It is an ...

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