Tips For Successful Termination

To increase the likelihood of successful termination with your clients, take heed of the following suggestions:
  • Discuss termination with your clients early on in the counseling process.
  • Establish clear goals with your clients so that progress toward those goals can be recognized and completion of those goals is apparent.
  •  Respect your client's desire to terminate if it is client-initiated, but be confident in expressing concerns if you feel termination may be premature.
  • Keep your relationship professional and do not let it stray into the realm of friendship.
  • Communicate to your clients that they can return if need be.
  • Help clients to review the success they have had in counseling.
  • Allow clients to discuss feelings of loss surrounding termination and process your own feelings surrounding the process, as well.