chapter  10
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Intervening Specifically to Promote Forgiveness

Within psychotherapy, there is room for guiding a client through specific steps to forgiving. Importantly, this is not a "program" that a client is run through. If therapy works as it should, the therapist will find a natural opening. Let us recall the conversation with Clara in chapter 9. The therapist has just paused and summarized where the conversation has led:

T-39: So, if I understand you correctly, if you put your mind to understanding, empathizing, pitying him, maybe someday feeling compassion toward him and for his weaknesses, then that might combat the negative unforgiving feelings. That might help you feel forgiveness, not just decide to forgive. Did I get it right?