Our expert says:
Surely the issue of when one needs to stop therapy depends on what the original aim or intention was. This is easier with non-analytical methods which tend to focus on more specific goals - "to overcome my phobia of public transport ; to regain my onfidence at work ", whatever - the more clearly goals are described, the easier it is to know when you have achieved them. And a good therapist strives to help you meet your goals AND then to become redundant, rather than to become a permanent feature of your life.
With more nebulous goals, its understandably harder to know when you've reached them.
From your comments, it sounds as though initially the problem was a difficulty in trusting to the point of being able to work with a therapist, and then that was achieved. But now there seem to be relevant issues of closeness, trust again, and dependency / independence.
You COULD do therapy with someone else, but presumably don't need to do so - but don't limit yourself by passing such broad laws !
It sounds as though your feeling that you ought to stop therapy is not about having completed the tasks that were needed, but part of the concern about dependency, and perhaps a reaction to it.
Yes, there does seem to be a degree of obsessiveness that may deserve attention. Maybe issues of boundaries, and "enoughness" ?
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