When is it time to stop

All talking treatments come to an end. If the decision to stop is not your own, and your experience of therapy has been a good one, this can be a real disappointment and cause a lot of anxiety. Equally, you may be struggling to decide whether to continue or stop because your experience seems to be more negative than positive. Some of the reasons why treatment ends are worth thinking through, because this could help you manage more easily what might be a worrying time.
There is no laboratory test or imaging study (e.g. like a CT or MRI scan) to measure how much progress you have made in therapy. But there is a strong movement away from endless sessions. To put it simply - setting clear goals for your therapy can be helpful in determining when it is time to stop. You might not know what the goals are at first, so it may take a little time to figure out what they are, but try to determine for yourself what exactly you are looking to change in your life, or what problems need to be solved. You could write each of these down. Then when you hit a point where you wonder if it is time to stop the therapy, take a look at these goals, and ask yourself: have they been met? If so, then I would say you have accomplished what you set out to do and therapy is no longer required. If some haven't been met, then it is not yet the right time to finish your therapy.