ERIC Number: ED388898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Therapist In-Session Functioning that Positively Affects Psychotherapy Outcome.
Bryant, Columbus B., IV
This review identifies two areas of therapist in-session functioning that contribute to positive psychotherapy outcome. The first area discussed is therapist interpersonal characteristics, or non-specific factors, and therapist interventions that contribute to establishing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance. Alliance has been shown in psychotherapy outcome research to be correlated to positive therapy outcome. The second area discussed is therapist interventions that contribute directly to positive psychotherapy outcome. Implications for therapist functioning both as a result of characteristics and interventions are discussed. Research in this document suggests that: (1) an active collaborative involvement in therapy by patients and the patient's positive experience of the therapist's relationship qualities are essential for successful psychotherapy outcome; (2) establishing and maintaining a strong working alliance between patient and therapist is necessary for successful therapy outcome; (3) therapists contribute to successful outcome through offering a relationship based on warmth, friendliness, genuine caring, understanding, and acceptance; and (4) therapists can further facilitate successful outcome by providing a consistent and purposeful approach and by considering the level of psychological maturity of the client. Contains 45 references. (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral Research Paper, Biola University.