Award Date

12-1-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Marriage and Family Therapy

First Committee Member

Katherine Hertlein

Second Committee Member

Carissa D'Aniello-Heyda

Third Committee Member

Brandon Eddy

Fourth Committee Member

Michelle Paul

Number of Pages

93

Abstract

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.

Keywords

common factors; therapeutic alliance; therapeutic pyramid model; way of being

Disciplines

Mental and Social Health

Language

English


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