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A journey to client and therapist mutuality in person-centered psychotherapy: a case study

Tickle, Emma; Murphy, David

Authors

Emma Tickle

David Murphy David.Murphy@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This aim of this case study was to build theory on the development of client–therapist mutuality in person-centered psychotherapy. A case study focusing on a 42-year-old female client who had presented for therapy following trauma within interpersonal relationships has been used. A reflective, theory-building, case study method was adopted that used data gathered from verbatim session notes and research interviews between the therapist (first author) and research supervisor (second author). Three primary therapeutic processes that contributed to the development of mutuality are discussed. First, the development of mutual empathy in the relationship; second, strategies for disconnection and staying out of relationship are identified. Third, client agency and mutuality is explored. In conclusion the study proposes that mutuality is a key construct within person-centered psychotherapy and develops as a natural consequence of the presence of Rogers’ therapeutic conditions.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 14, 2014
Journal Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies
Print ISSN 1477-9757
Electronic ISSN 1752-9182
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 4
APA6 Citation Tickle, E., & Murphy, D. (2014). A journey to client and therapist mutuality in person-centered psychotherapy: a case study. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 13(4), doi:10.1080/14779757.2014.927390
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14779757.2014.927390
Keywords mutuality, mutual empathy, strategies for disconnection, client agency, case study
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14779757.2014.927390
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, on 14/07/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline....80/14779757.2014.927390

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