Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.

Anne Lamott

Hope is a cornerstone of successful psychotherapy. Without it, the endeavor risks becoming mere form, devoid of substance. Many clients enter therapy because they feel despair, the absence of hope. And a lot of the time therapists play the role of temporarily holding out hope when their clients have none. Therapists provide hope as if co-constructing the scaffolding of a building, the framework and foundation upon which the rest of the work will rest. All the while, they work side-by-side their clients, handing them tools – a hammer here, a tape measure there – demonstrating how to hold and use them. Until client and therapist can step back and witness the transformation of raw materials into architectural triumphs.

Hope is important. Without it, it’s difficult to get any real work done.

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