A qualitative investigation of eminent therapists' values within psychotherapy: Developing integrative principles for moment-to-moment psychotherapy practice

Williams, D. C., Levitt, H. M. (2007). A qualitative investigation of eminent therapists' values within psychotherapy: Developing integrative principles for moment-to-moment psychotherapy practice. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 17, 159-84.

 Ample empirical research on values has demonstrated that clients' values tend to become increasingly like those of their therapist during therapy. There is little research, however, on how therapists negotiate value conflicts and the role of values in therapy. In order to better understand this process, 14 expert psychotherapists from four major psychotherapy orientations were interviewed about their use of values in the psychotherapeutic change process. A grounded theory analysis was conducted leading to an integrative understanding of how expert therapists from different orientations conceptualize the relationship of values and change in therapy and how they work with values in sessions. Based on this analysis, four transtheoretical principles were generated that can be applied to training and practice and used to inform research on psychotherapy process and integration.



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