ABSTRACT

As clinical practicum and internship students will attest, training to be a psychotherapist is an undertaking of great proportions. Consider the following scene:

Your rst client is looking at you, waiting for a reply. You wonder to yourself how the two of you will build this new and untried relationship into one that could bear painful intensity and encourage this individual toward a life more intentional, spirited, and distinctly his or her own. Where do you start? You could go in a hundred dierent directions. Fragments of books, supervision sessions, classroom discussions, and experiences in your own life rush past you. en you notice your client’s eyes — their pain, hope, and fear — and you make your response. Later, you realize that you’ll be starting over to some degree with each new client throughout your career. You hope for a day when you’ve become used to starting over.