Why do we always end a session just when we are getting somewhere

Most kinds of therapy and counselling operate on a timetable. Sessions are booked to last for a specific length of time, and they usually have to end on time so that both client and counsellor can keep to their day's schedule. Occasionally groups have more flexible arrangements, but this is not very common. An individual session is usually an hour in length, but sometimes the talking part of this is only 45 to 50 minutes so that the counsellor can make notes at the end, or prepare for the next client.
This fixed timetabling can be a worry to clients, who may wish the time could be more flexible. What happens if you have reached an important point in a session when your counsellor brings it to a close? The idea that you may have to leave when you are still feeling upset is can be challenging, and it may seem uncaring of the counsellor to expect this. But a skilled counsellor will keep an eye on the clock and should assist clients in managing their sessions safely, by making sure that things are not started unless there is time for them to finish. If you spot your counsellor clock-watching, give him or her the benefit of the doubt. It does not mean that he or she is bored, but instead that he or she is trying to stay conscious of how much more work can be reasonably done in the time allowed.
There is, however, another common problem with time. Many clients realise that they regularly reach a point where some really good things are being achieved, but apparently only within the last few minutes of a session. It can be a major disappointment to have to stop when you are near to taking a big step forward. There are three possibilities as to why this may happen so frequently. First, it may take a lot of time to “warm up” in a session and start to get close to the root of a problem, with the result that this happens only near the end of the hour. Second, it could be argued that subconsciously - in some part of your mind of which you are not aware – you are anxious about the issue at hand and have mixed feelings about getting too close to the truth. This could lead you to avoid raising points until it is too late to discuss them in detail.
The third possibility is that it may simply be that 50 minutes is just not long enough for you to really benefit from a particular kind of talking treatment. Different models of therapy make different demands of people, and you may need more time to work at some therapies than at others.