Client and therapist postsession perceptions of therapeutic ingredients in helping episodes : a study based on three cases
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Person-centered and experiential psychotherapies. - Llagarron
, p. 205-219
Clients and therapists from three psychotherapy cases - two of client-centered/experiential and one of psychoanalytic orientation - were asked to describe the therapeutic ingredients in the helping episodes found in a total of 106 sessions. Confirming earlier findings, a content analysis of their descriptions found that aspects of in-depth self-exploration and emotional insight were mentioned most frequently by far; next most frequent were specific aspects of the Rogerian attitudes and the working alliance in general, and then positive aspects of intermediate outcome. Besides similarities in the most central content categories, some striking differences were found among the cases and between the perspectives of the client and the therapist within each case.