chapter  3
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The Limited-Capacities

The concept of limited capacities can be used by the therapist within the therapy situation as well as be utilized as a model of dysfunctional behavior. Within the therapy situation, the therapist should always be aware of the client's capacities when performing interventions within any model. In this sense, then, the concept of limited capacities, rather than being a model of the dynamics of a problem, leads us to a series of caveats for the therapist. On the other hand, when used as a model of dysfunctional behavior, limited capacities of clients can be the causal and/or maintaining factors present in many problem situations. Since everyone is limited in many ways, the limited capacities of clients only take on dysfunctional properties when there is a significant mismatch between the demands of a person's environment and the limitations of that person.