chapter  1
What Are Reasonable Expectations for Psychotherapy?
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Clients were not born yesterday with a blank slate and infi nite capacities to change. Th is is not a depressing or hopeless view. It describes the realistic boundaries in which we operate and makes improvement in clients’ lives so much more signifi cant. A great deal is accomplished when therapy helps clients to reduce their symptoms, become more realistic, advance to the next developmental stage, become less trapped in repetitive patterns, tolerate more aff ect so they do not subsequently resort to as many destructive behaviors and defenses, carry fewer unexamined secrets (oft en forged under stress in childhood), feel less worried, and be more able to participate and fi nd pleasure in work, play, and relationships.