chapter  2
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Counterresistances in the Initial Sessions

It is virtually axiomatic among psychotherapists of all persuasions that for the prospective client entering treatment is a most difficult decision that requires considerable courage. To reveal to a stranger ones forbidden fantasies, shameful memories, hostile actions, embarrassing inhibitions, and irrational notions is a very anxietyprovoking experience, which activates a vast array of resistances in almost every prospective recipient of therapeutic help. Those entering a treatment relationship worry a great deal about how they will be judged and often wonder if they will be demeaned, ridiculed, criticized, or rejected for what they will reveal to the practitioner.