Patients’ thoughts on effective psychotherapy
2014 (English)In: The European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, ISSN 1756-7599, Vol. 7, 4-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Earlier studies of patients’ experiences in psychotherapy identify relationship factors as being significant forpatients. Our aim in this study conducted in accord with grounded theory, was to explore in some depth patients’thoughts about what is effective in psychotherapy and thereby increase our knowledge about the processof psychotherapy from a patient perspective. Data were collected in open interviews that provided rich andvaried information. Several informants had been in more than one therapy and thus, eight interviews provideddata about sixteen psychotherapies. The core concept that emerged from the data was that of the therapist’sresponsive acceptance. This concept provides an answer to the question “What do patients think is effective inpsychotherapy?” If the therapist is responsive and accepting, the mutual interplay between the patient and thetherapist becomes productive and collaborative. On the other hand, if responsive acceptance falters, the wholetherapy process is at risk.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 7, 4-21 p.
Empathy; grounded theory; interviews, unstructured; mental health and illness; psychology; relationships, patientprovider; research, qualitative
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34288OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-34288DiVA: diva2:755129