The ending of therapy can affect people in many different ways and there is no 'right' way to feel. Some people are happy to have finished. Others can feel a little lost at first and worried about how they will cope. Sometimes people feel fine at first and then feel sad for a while, when it sinks in that that regular contact with the therapist is no longer happening.
All these reactions are perfectly normal and will pass in time. It is important to look after yourself at the end of therapy – allow yourself to feel whatever you feel, use some of the techniques that you have learnt in therapy if that is helpful, but also try to meet with trusted friends and look after yourself physically.
Sometimes as something ends it is helpful to begin a new project – a new or revitalised hobby or interest.
Community engagement is important for keeping yourself well. Over recent years research has shown that being an active member in your community can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. This can be done in different ways – volunteering, attending groups, or taking part in creative pursuits – and these can all increase your sense of connection with others and help you thrive physically, emotionally, and mentally.
You can access a number of resources on this page that you may find helpful.
Whatever your circumstances, we hope that this information and guidance will prove helpful to you in your continued journey to recovery.