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Therapists’ Experiences with Depressive Clients
Journal Title: QUADERNI DI GESTALT 
Author/s: Jan Roubal, Tomas Rihacek 
Year:  2015 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 Pg. 99-110 FullText PDF:  116 KB
DOI:  10.3280/GEST2015-001008
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This study explores the experiential process of psychotherapists during a session with a currently depressive client. Method: Individual and focus group interviews were conducted with 30 therapists and the grounded theory method was used as a methodological framework. Results: The therapists’ experience was conceptualized as experiential oscillation between getting closer to a client’s depressive experience and moving away from it. Its development over the course of a session is depicted by a six-phase Depression Co-experiencing Trejectory model. Conclusions: The resultant theory interconnects different therapists’ emotional responses to a depressive client within a coherent process model, which allows us to track the changes in therapists’ experiences, to name the relations between them, and to connect them with the therapy’s in-session microprocesses.
Keywords: Depression; therapists’ experience; therapeutic relationship; countertransference; grounded theory method.

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Jan Roubal, Tomas Rihacek, Therapists’ Experiences with Depressive Clients in "QUADERNI DI GESTALT" 1/2015, pp. 99-110, DOI:10.3280/GEST2015-001008

   

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