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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Psychotherapists-Psychology, Psychotherapist and patient, Psychoanalysis-History, Psychotherapy-History, Self, Therapist/clinician, Identity, Role, Personality, Person, Subjectivity, Therapeutic relationship


This theoretical study explores the phenomenon of the therapist's personhood during consultation in relation to her professional demeanor, role, and responsibilities. This study examines the idea and treatment of this personhood through psychodynamic and relational perspectives. By comparing and contrasting the different models of the therapist via these two theories, the study is grounded in the history and evolution of ideas about the therapist, and elucidates how these ideas have changed over time. The study also explores the importance of broadening discussion and study of the therapist's personhood for trainees and beginning practitioners, and concludes with recommendations for increased attention to this complex issue from mental health professions.




iii, 59 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2010. Includes bibliographical references (p. 56-59)