Our expert says:
Dependency on a person ( either a specific person or a more generic "person who is likely to understand and be encouraging" ) is quite common, just like dependency on some meds, and probably for chemically similar reasons - both enhance our internal "fel-better" chemicals.
A good therapist / counsellor is aware of this possibility, and tries to avoid or limit it, for several good reasons including what you noticed - the discomfort produced when the supply is interrupted.
And in the same way, once the dependency is established, it needs to be recognized and dealt with, NOT by going cold turkey, but by planning a gradual and comfortable withdrawal of the source.
Don't assume it requires some special form of "nerve" to bring it up - he should have anticipated and recognized this, and will surely not be surprized to hear about it, and should be pleased to work with you on dealing with it. It's nothing to be embarrassed about.
That is the wisest and most efficient way out of this entanglement, and to be able if needs be to see someone else, after this relationship is properly ended, and to avoid having the same issues recur.
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