How we deal with the end of the relationship scenario…
Relationship – The end of the relationship (the helping relationship) can have differing impacts on listener and speaker. In the speaker there could be a sense of loss of the safe and non-judgmental nature of the relationship. They might also miss the support they gained from it, especially if there are few other sources of support in their life.
Alternatively the listener may have found the helping experience to be most rewarding and to have developed a caring and high regard for the speaker, again leading to a possible sense of loss when the relationship ends.
However, if the original aims of the relationship are well defined and met and most importantly, both listener and speaker can feel this is the case, it should enable each one to move forward based on a sense of progress having been made, even though they might feel apprehensive to begin with.