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ERIC Number: EJ1216525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
Creating Space for Happiness to Emerge: The Processes of Emotional Change in the Dialogical Stage Model
Gkantona, Georgia
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v47 n2 p190-199 2019
It is very often in counselling and psychotherapeutic procedures that clients need to cope with negative emotions such as sadness, guilt, fear or anger. The implementation of the Dialogical Stage Model (DSM) (Hermans, H. & Hermans-Konopka, A. [2010]. "Dialogical self theory: Positioning and counter-positioning in a globalizing society." New York: Cambridge University Press) can sustain these kinds of emotional processes. It comprises seven stages that entail the articulation, clarification and change of emotions according to a dialogical procedure. The therapeutic procedure is conceived as a meeting of living persons engaged in a collaborative dialogue. These dialogical processes motivate the creative resources of the client and delineate new emotional relationships, aiming at the creation of space in the self for positive emotions of happiness, hope, affection, intimacy and love to emerge. The therapist encounters the challenge to be fully present in the moment, as a comprehensive embodied living person (Seikkula, J. [2011]. Becoming dialogical: Psychotherapy or a way of life? "Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy," 32(3), 179-270). Thus, focusing on his/her experiencing during the session (Rober, P. [2008]. The therapist's inner conversation in family therapy practice: Struggling with the complexities of therapeutic encounters with families. "Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies," 7[4], 245-278) contributes to acquiring better understanding of what goes on in the clients' lives. Moreover, sharing this experience with the client contributes to an emotional extending of the client's self. A clinical case example is used as an illustration of these kinds of therapeutic dialogical processes.
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Language: English
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