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Title: The therapist's experiencing in family therapy practice
Authors: Rober, Peter # ×
Issue Date: Aug-2011
Publisher: Published for the Association for Family Therapy by Academic Press
Series Title: Journal of Family Therapy vol:33 issue:3 pages:233-255
Abstract: The question posed in this article is how the therapist should deal with strong emotions she might experience in the session. This question is especially important if it concerns emotions that -at least on the surface-cannot be considered to contribute to a therapeutic alliance. We offer some reflections as preliminary steps towards answering this question and propose that therapists be sensitive to their own experiencing during the session, be careful to monitor the implicit invitations to join the family members in potentially destructive relational scenarios, reflect on the possible negative and perpetuating effects of her interactions with the family, and explore opportunities to proceed with the session in new and more constructive ways. In our approach the therapist's experiencing is seen as a tool that may be used to further the therapeutic process. This is consonant with the view of family therapists exploring the importance for the therapist of holding open a space of reflection, while it also fits with a dialogical approach to family therapy, in which the therapist's task may be described as listening to the stories the clients tell, and making room for other stories that have not been told before. Two case discussions illustrate our ideas.
ISSN: 0163-4445
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
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