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    How does personal therapy affect therapists' practice?

    Macran, S. and Stiles, W. and Smith, Jonathan A. (1999) How does personal therapy affect therapists' practice? Journal of Counselling Psychology 46 (4), pp. 419-431. ISSN 0022-0167.

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    Surveys have tended to conclude that personal therapy for therapists is useful, but they have offered little information about how it is useful. The authors interviewed 7 practicing therapists about their personal therapy and how it affected their clinical work. In an intensive qualitative analysis of the interview transcripts, the authors identified 12 common themes, which they organized into the following 3 domains: (a) orienting to the therapist: humanity, power, boundaries; (b) orienting to the client: trust, respect, patience; and (c) listening with the third ear. Within each domain, participants appeared to translate their experiences as clients into skills and attitudes used in their practice. Thus, the authors suggest that by experiencing helpful conditions in their own therapy, participants seemed better able to provide them for their clients.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 14:59
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:58


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