Empathic resonance and differential experiential processing : an experiential process-directive approachEmpathic resonance and differential experiential processing : an experiential process-directive approach
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
2007Lancaster, Pa, 2007
American journal of psychotherapy. - Lancaster, Pa, 1947, currens
61(2007):3, p. 313-331
In this paper, an experiential process-directive approach is presented in which the therapist is guided by the Rogerian core attitudes for offering a therapeutic relationship and for intervening in a process-enhancing way. I elaborate on how interventions that originate in the therapist's empathic-resonance process influence the client's experiencing in a process-enhancing way. A process-diagnostic model, based on distinctions among different aspects of the experiential exploration process, forms the framework in which the various interventions are classified according to dominant process intention. Three major process intentions are distinguished: becoming aware of experiencing, regulating (increasing or decreasing) the intensity of experiencing so that it becomes possible to hold the experience in attention, and exploring that leads to further unfolding and change. Therapy excerpts illustrate this approach.