Case formulation and the therapeutic relationship: The role of therapist self-reflection and self-revelation

Sumru Tufekcioglu, J. Christopher Muran

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Abstract

This article examines the role of the therapist's self-reflection and self-revelation in case formulation. We believe that a collaboratively constructed case formulation must always be considered in the context of an evolving therapeutic relationship. Further, self-reflection and self-revelation on the part of the therapist are critical for a more elaborate and nuanced case formulation and for understanding the patient. This highlights the importance of attunement to the here and now and the evolving therapeutic relationship. From this attunement, the therapist's self-reflection and self-revelation can emerge further, which can lead to the patient's personal growth and increased self-other awareness. To illustrate our point, we present an integrative, relational model in the case of a patient who has been in treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-477
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume71
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Case formulation
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Self-reflection
  • Self-revelation
  • Therapeutic relationship

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