Master of Science (MS)
Marriage and Family Therapy
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The purpose of this research is to investigate how clients’ perception of their therapist’s way of being impacts client engagement during the therapeutic process. By utilizing a common factors perspective, which emphasizes the importance of a strong therapeutic alliance between clients and therapists, the researcher aims to provide empirical evidence supporting the Therapeutic Pyramid Meta-Model. The Meta-Model, which was created by Fife and colleagues (2014), lays the foundation of effective psychotherapy as a therapist’s way-of-being. The meta-model is concurrent with the common factors literature which accounts for almost 30 percent of therapeutic change to therapist-relationship factors. A phenomenological framework, in conjunction with a grounded theory analysis, will be utilized to better understand how clients’ perception of their therapist’s way-of-being effects client engagement during the process of therapy. Qualitative data was collected through participants’ answers to open-ended question during a semi-structured, face-to-face interview.
common factors; therapeutic alliance; therapeutic pyramid model; way of being
Mental and Social Health
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Holyoak, Derek, "Client’s Perception of Therapist’s Way-of-Being" (2017). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3139.
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