Psychotherapy evolves from the client’s quest for change. After seeing the therapist for some time the client experiences change in certain aspects of their functioning. New feelings, thoughts, and actions emerge, together with new responses to known situations and new ways of experiencing certain significant areas of the client’s life.
These changes, as Rogers believed, take place in specific moments – moments of movement, when there is an inner shift in the client – a phenomenon referred to by Gendlin as “carrying forward”. One moment the client describes something from the same old hopeless perspective the next a new element appears – a new emotion, thought, and need.
It’s a beginning of a process that leads to more and more inner changes. We know how to facilitate the process of change, how to make it more probable. There is no algorithmic instruction though – we cannot determine whether and when the change will undoubtedly occur. What’s more, we do not know where a given „carrying forward” will lead to, although we can foresee a general direction of the client’s development.
Let us take a detailed and close look at the miracle of the moments of change. Let’s see where the boundaries between our knowledge and the unknown lie, and let’s try to move those boundaries just a bit.