Rather than ghosting your therapist, Landrum suggests scheduling a session so you can keep the dialogue open and explore any unresolved issues. She also stresses being honest. “By clearly communicating your concerns, you can help ensure a constructive conversation,” she said. “The collaboration may highlight areas the therapist needs to work on (such as cultural humility), and it could highlight appropriate referrals you may need to further your treatment.”
You and your therapist can then develop a plan for the remaining sessions and any needed referrals for continuing care. “By working together to establish a plan, you can ensure a smooth transition and address any lingering concerns or goals,” she said. This also helps you end the therapeutic relationship on a good note.
Landrum says that the therapist should be supportive and understanding of your decision and assist you through the termination plan. Your therapist might also want some feedback to help improve their practice. A therapist should handle the termination professionally and maintain the privacy of your information.
“Therapy is a collaborative process, and the therapeutic relationship should support your growth and well-being,” she said. “If you believe it’s time to end the relationship, trust your instincts and take the necessary steps to find a therapeutic approach that better aligns with your current needs.”