Today I had a final session with a client. I had been seeing them since December last year after they came to our service having deteriorated since seeing someone privately. They were a good client in that they took on board all the stuff we talked about and were open to graded exposure. We had been planning for the last session for a month and yet, today, it was bittersweet.
It’s always tough saying goodbye to clients who have worked hard through the therapeutic process and come out on the other side ready to take on the world. I know it’s a good thing because they are better. But it’s a strange feeling knowing I’ll never see them again. Never knowing how their lives have gone. It’s serendipity that brings us together in the first place because they could potentially be allocated to anyone. And sometimes, that works really well like in this case.
I’ve been working as a psychologist for almost a decade now. There are some clients I remember fondly and doubt I’ll ever forget. Usually they are the ones who hit me deep down my very core from the moment I met them. The ones I wanted to do everything for to help. Some of these were motivated from the start to get better; others told me that after three months of rapport building.
The therapist-client relationship is a special one. These adolescents trust me. They share their deepest, darkest fears with me. They share their innermost and raw selves. And I feel so, so honoured to be the person they trust.
My client today told me they couldn’t have got to where they are without me. And I am humbled. But in the end, I need to thank them. I need to thank them for being so brave. For opening up. For trusting me. For sharing their stories. For making me a better person too. And while it may be serendipity that brings us together, it’s the trust and belief that keeps the therapeutic process going.
For all the clients I realise I cannot help, I’m honoured I can help the few. I can only wish them well and let them go but being human, I will often wonder where they are in life.
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