Title: The Therapist's Inner Conversation in Family Therapy Practice: Some ideas about the self of the therapist, therapeutic impasse and the process of reflection
Authors: Rober, Peter # ×
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Family Process
Series Title: Family process vol:38 issue:2 pages:209-228
Abstract: In this article, a distinction is made between the outer therapeutic conversation and the therapist's inner conversation. The therapeutic conversation is a circle of meaning in which both the therapist and the clients play a part. The therapist's inner conversation is described as a negotiation between the self of the therapist and his role. In this process of negotiation the therapist has to take seriously, not only his observations, but also what is evoked in, him by these observations, that is, images, moods, emotions, associations, memories, and so on. Furthermore, therapeutic impasse is conceptualized as a paralysis of the circle of meaning and of the therapist's inner conversation. A process of reflection is proposed as a way out of the impasse. In that process, the inner conversation of the therapist is externalized with the help of art outsider. lit the final part of this article, a case study illustrates the importance of these ideas for the family therapy practice.
ISSN: 0014-7370
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Interfaculty Institute for Family and Sexuality Sciences (-)
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