Master of Social Work
School for Social Work
Vulnerability (Personality trait), Psychotherapist and patient, Interpersonal psychotherapy, Psychotherapists-Psychology, Therapeutic alliance, Countertransference (Psychology), Self-disclosure, Intersubjectivity.Vulnerability, Relational psychotherapy, Therapeutic relationship, Mutuality, Wounded healer, Mutual transformation, Countertransference, Professional development, Phenomenological research
The current study examined how clinicians practicing relational psychotherapy experience their own vulnerability in the therapeutic relationship with clients. The study followed a qualitative, phenomenological research methodology. The researcher interviewed ten experienced clinicians who practice relational psychotherapy. Four major themes emerged as significant findings. First, vulnerability was described as a quality of engagement in the therapeutic relationship that is open, engaged, and resonant. Second, participants expressed a sense of risk associated with mutual vulnerability. Third, participants emphasized the importance of mutual vulnerability for client’s healing. Fourth, participants described vulnerability as a developmental capacity. These findings have significance for the field of relational psychotherapy, especially training of new clinicians.
Powers, Christine, "Clinician vulnerability : openness to influence in relational therapy" (2017). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.