Working with interpersonal and intrapsychic anxiety through the empathically attuned therapeutic relationship
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Person-centered and experiential psychotherapies. - Llagarron
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University of Antwerp
This article describes a client-centered and experiential psychotherapy approach in which interpersonal issues as well as intrapsychic self-related disturbances of clients with interpersonal trauma are processed through the interaction with an emotionally engaged and empathically attuned therapist. With the helping presence of the therapist, these seriously injured clients start exploring and processing their maladaptive, blocking or overwhelming anxiety and the underlying experiences; and they start experimenting with seeking closeness and intimacy in order to get comfort and reassurance. In doing so, their self becomes stronger, their capacity for self-soothing grows and they begin feeling safer within themselves and in their interpersonal relationships.