Clients’ and counselors’ termination decisions and experiences in counseling

Pei shan Lee, Li fei Wang, Joshua K. Swift*

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研究成果: 雜誌貢獻期刊論文同行評審

摘要

Little is known about the process by which clients and therapists make termination decisions. The purpose of this study was to explore clients’ and counselors’ termination decisions and experiences in counseling. Twelve clients and their counselors (N = 5) from five university counseling centers in Taiwan were interviewed about their termination experiences. Qualitative data from the interviews were analyzed. The results suggested four main types of termination – mutual, client-initiated, counselor-initiated, and forced termination. Clients in the mutual and client-initiated termination categories reported feeling ready to terminate counseling and felt that the termination process was positive. Their considerations for termination were largely based on perceived change and termination intentions over time. The participating counselors expressed both positive and negative feelings about termination. Their considerations for termination were based on their general termination beliefs, perceived client change, perceived client willingness to end, and other termination cues. Termination decisions are a multi-faceted process, with clients and therapists expressing overlapping, but different reasons for wanting to discontinue treatment. Implications and future directions are discussed.

原文英語
期刊Current Psychology
DOIs
出版狀態接受/付印 - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 心理學(全部)

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