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Chapter 7: Saying Goodbye: Therapeutic and Ethical Endings
This chapter will focus on how we can maintain a safe and ethical relationship during the final stage of the therapeutic process. We’ll consider the number of different ways in which therapy can end: sometimes problematic, other times therapeutic. There are several ways in which counsellors can maximise the therapeutic potential of working with endings which we will consider. Our clinical supervision can play a key role in supporting us during times of concern.
In most counselling training, the terms beginning, middle and ending are well used to delineate stages in the therapeutic process. Out of habit, we often concentrate on the meaning and context of these stages rather than the words ...