Fostering Client Autonomy in Addiction Rehabilitative Practice: The Role of Therapeutic “Presence”

  title={Fostering Client Autonomy in Addiction Rehabilitative Practice: The Role of Therapeutic “Presence”},
  author={Maurice Kinsella},
  journal={Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology},
  • Maurice Kinsella
  • Published 1 May 2017
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
Addiction is a pathology that progressively and insidiously undermines one’s autonomy—manifested, among other ways, in the experience of a sense of alienation from oneself and others. Therefore, in seeking to overcome addiction, the rehabilitative journey must facilitate the fostering of autonomy. Here, in as much as autonomy is a socially embedded capacity, so must the therapeutic process—within this context, the client–counselor relationship—be grounded in an attentiveness to and facilitation… Expand
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