ABSTRACT

Termination simply means "extracting the therapist from the equation of the successful relationship" (Gustafson, 1986, p. 279). In effect, we ask and attempt to answer the question, session by session and therapy by therapy: "You have done well with me; how will you continue to do well without me?" My intention here is to provide a number of perspectives, drawing from both my personal experience and the literature, that address issues of why and how to say "when."