Compassion, Hope, and Forgiveness in the Therapeutic Dialogue

Richard G. Erskine

Abstract


Compassion, hope, and forgiveness in the therapeutic dialogue are essential aspects of a relationally focused integrative psychotherapy and are instrumental in healing the psychological wounds from neglect, stress, shame, and abuse. Each concept is defined, examples are given, and therapy illustrations provided that link the three concepts.

 


Keywords


Compassion; empathy; forgiveness;hope; integrative psychotherapy; presence;psychotherapy; relational psychotherapy; therapeutic dialogue

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