In Session: Psychotherapists Undergoing Psychotherapy

The latest issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology features a special issue on psychotherapists discussing their own experiences undergoing psychotherapy.  As editor Jesse D. Geller explains, the issue

… provides 6 psychologists’ narrative accounts of their own personal therapies and a practice-friendly research review on the characteristics of therapist-patients and their own treatment experiences. In response to a standard set of questions, highly experienced psychotherapists hailing from diverse theoretical commitments wrote the accounts. Their accounts illuminate subtle nuances of the therapeutic relationship and treatment outcome, perhaps more fully than other sources of data. Much of value can be learned from these essays and the research findings about the linkages between receiving and conducting psychotherapy and about the technical and emotional challenges that arise when treating a patient who shares the same profession.

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