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Journal of Psychiatric Practice:
doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000407966.72722.39
COLUMNS: Psychotherapy

A Psychiatrist Retires: The Happening

Clemens, Norman A. MD

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Abstract

The author uses his own recent experience as a basis for discussing the actualities of retiring and closing a private, solo, psychiatric practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. The extended process includes a personal decision about whether, when, and how to retire; preparation of patients and arrangements for their ongoing care; dealing with legal requirements and professional obligations; and the mechanics of closing an office one has occupied for decades. Not the least of concerns is one’s own personal transitions in lifestyle, professional persona, attachments to patients, and engagement in psychotherapeutic or psychoanalytic treatment relationships. (Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2011;17:425–428)

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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