Hope: The Essential Therapeutic Factor

Hope is an essential factor in psychotherapy as it's possession by client and therapist alike is required for positive movement in therapy. This paper examined hope as a common factor, the importance of hope in the therapeutic setting, its role in early therapeutic change, and techniques for creating and fostering hope in both group and individual therapy. This paper also examined the consequences of hopelessness, depression, despair and hopelessness' ultimate danger: suicide. This paper also looked at hope through an Adlerian lens by examining the connection between Individual Psychology and encouragement.

Sarah Jane Winger
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