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Termination

There is a saying associated with Geoffrey Chaucer that “All good things must come to an end.” This is true of counseling—eventually all counseling relationships must come to an end. The ending of a counseling relationship is called termination. While a more traditional, dictionary definition of termination refers to the act of something ending, termination in counseling refers to the termination of a counseling relationship as a process. It is not simply one act (the final session) but rather a stage or transition that occurs over time, and which affects both clients and counselor. It is such an important component that termination is a topic that should be discussed with clients as early as the first session and revisited throughout the course of the counseling ...

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