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ERIC Number: EJ861347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1555-7855
The Therapist's Feelings
Silvestre, Rafaela Luisa Silva; Vandenberghe, Luc
International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, v4 n4 p355-359 2008
The present article discusses possible uses of the therapist's feelings to enhance treatment following Kohlenberg and Tsai's conceptualization of the therapist-client relationship. Four vignettes from a case study involving a couple are used as illustrative material. It is argued that the therapist's feelings can serve as clues for identifying functional similarities between the therapist-client relationship and the clients' daily life situation. They can highlight how the client affects other people and which behaviors are involved in causing these effects. Furthermore, they can prompt the detection by the therapist of in-session experiences that can be turned into in-vivo learning opportunities for clients. Practical suggestions for the use of the therapist's feelings are extracted from the discussion of the vignettes.
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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