chapter  4
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The First Treatment Crisis and the Therapist's Counterresistances

For the individuals involved, it is usually a very difficult time. Fantasies that were stimulated get punctured, hopes that were raised become frustrated, and expectations that were activated are not realized. As experts in the field of marriage note (Crunebaum & Christ, 1976; Segraves, 1982), after a few months of ecstasy, mates can become so disillusioned with each other that divorce during the first year of marriage is common. So too in psychotherapy-treatment relationships often end permanently after the honeymoon is over (Perlman, 1968).