The patient-therapist interaction and the recognition of affects during the process of psychodynamic psychotherapy for depression.

Abstract

The perceptions of patients (n = 25) and their therapists about psychodynamic psychotherapy for depression were assessed during the first treatment year using 23 scales. Patients and therapists independently evaluated the impact of depression on the therapeutic experience of the patients. The estimations of the impact of depression by the patients and therapists were concordant in the majority of the subjects, reflecting mutual tuning and a working alliance. The roles of affects and frustrating subjects in the treatment relationship were evaluated as significantly different by the patients and the therapists. The results highlight the importance of working on the expression of affects in the psychotherapy of depression.

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@article{Ahola2011ThePI, title={The patient-therapist interaction and the recognition of affects during the process of psychodynamic psychotherapy for depression.}, author={Pasi Ahola and Minna Valkonen-Korhonen and Tommi Tolmunen and Mikko Joensuu and Soili Marianne Lehto and Pirjo Irmeli Saarinen and Jari Tiihonen and Johannes Lehtonen}, journal={American journal of psychotherapy}, year={2011}, volume={65 4}, pages={355-79} }