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Psychotherapy Casebook: Tune-Up

Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2005;7(1):33-34

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Many years ago, during the outpatient year of my psychiatric residency training, I was taught about the wisdom of follow up. Once a course of psychotherapy was completed, making an arrangement for a visit in 1 month (or 3 or 6 months) sent the message that the therapist cared about the patient and would be available if needed in the future. In a termination session for one of my earliest cognitive therapy patients, I broached the subject of follow-up. He responded: “I take my car for an oil and lube every 3 months.​