Psychotherapeutic styles: Self-perceptions of therapists varying on A-B type and experience

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Abstract

The possibility that psychotherapeutic styles might differ as a function of A-sub( type or experience was investigated by interviewing 40 A and B experienced and inexperienced psychotherapists on a wide range of issues relating to therapeutic approach and style. The importance of the experience level of the therapist was confirmed by therapists' self-descriptions: Experienced therapists seemed to conform less to conventional stereotypes of the traditional psychotherapist than did inexperienced therapists, and experienced therapists appeared to emphasize immediacy and encounter while deemphasizing detachment, diagnoses, and psychodynamic interpretations. (1 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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