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Re: The Phases of Therapy twinleaf

Posted by Wittgenstein on November 12, 2007, at 10:06:16

In reply to Re: The Phases of Therapy Daisym, posted by twinleaf on November 12, 2007, at 1:02:19

Twinleaf,

It interested me to read what you heard about termination and how long this process can take. I asked my T at our last session how long the therapy would last and how it will end (although I'm in the early stages of therapy at the moment) - he said that a year isn't a long time in this type of therapy (PA) - so I assume by that he means it will likely take some years. He also said that the impetus to bring the therapy to a close must come from the patient and can be tapered off or can continue less frequently as a form of maintenance i.e. that there will come a day when I feel ready to move on, and only then begins the termination process. I was pleased to here this - very relieved. I guess I was worried that after a few months or a year he would be the one bringing up termination.

Is this the norm for analytic therapy, to take a number of years? How long does it generally last?

Witti


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