Therapist anger: from being a therapeutic barrier to becoming a resource in the development of congruence

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serval:BIB_7538D8130224
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Therapist anger: from being a therapeutic barrier to becoming a resource in the development of congruence
Journal
Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies
Author(s)
Berthoud Laurent, Noyer Thomas
ISSN
1477-9757
1752-9182
Publication state
Published
Issued date
04/08/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Pages
1-14
Language
english
Abstract
The counselor’s emotional response to clients plays a crucial role in psychotherapy. It can have a profound influence on the client’s experience, on the therapeutic relationship, and on therapeutic outcomes. This article will focus on the therapist’s experience of anger. Research on how the therapist can express that particular emotion in a productive way is quite limited. We will also discuss possible reasons for why humanistic practitioners find it difficult to accept and/or express their feeling of anger toward the client. Addressing therapist anger may be a pivotal therapeutic resource, namely allowing the experience of greater personal congruence for the therapist. Implications for clinical practice and training will be discussed in three stages: refining one’s anger within oneself, expressing one’s anger to the client, and maintaining contact with the client afterward. This will hopefully encourage counselors to welcome and assimilate their anger in a therapeutic and productive way, ultimately through greater therapist congruence.
Keywords
Developmental and Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental health
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25/08/2020 20:35
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