Clients' perceptions of the therapeutic relationship and its role in outcome

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Thompson, Colette
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2003
Psychotherapy research indicates that the therapeutic relationship influences counselling outcome, though the mechanism by which relationship contributes to change is unkown. This study investigated clients' preceptions of the therapeutic relationship and its role in their change processes. Twelve clients at college based counselling centres were interviewed using a semi-structured interview format. The qualitative data obtained in this study was coded and analyzed using grounded theory methodology. A grounded theory was generated, identifying two core categories and five related categories. The theory provides a detailed model of change that highlights the complexities of the therapeutic relationship. Similarities between the theory generated from the data and principles of attachment theory are discussed.
xii, 131 leaves ; 29 cm.
Counselor and client , Counseling , Dissertations, Academic