How experienced therapists introduce the technical aspects in the initial alliance formation: Powerful decision makers supporting clients' agency
The initial work on the technical aspects of the working alliance was explored in a naturalistic study of the practices of nine experienced teacher therapists. Using the qualitative method of Grounded theory, eight therapist action descriptions were identified, forming two categories: (1) Supporting the client’s agency: (a) exploring the clients’ solution strategies, (c) underlining the clients’ choice/authority, (d) sharing the basis for the decision, (e) demonstrating collaboration linguistically by hedging; (2) Expressing agency: (a) immediate implementation of method, (b) educating, (c) challenging, (d) constituting oneself as an expert. Implications for the view of therapist power, negotiation, consensus and collaboration are discussed.
Psychotherapy Research, 2012, 22 (2), 176 - 193