Client’s Perception of Marriage and Family Therapists’ Way-of-Being: A Phenomenological Analysis

Derek Holyoak, Stephen Fife, Katherine M. Hertlein

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Abstract

Previous research highlights the influence of therapist factors on treatment outcomes. One therapist factor proposed as fundamental to the process of therapy is the therapist's way-of-being, a relational concept that refers to how the therapist regards a client—either as a person or object (Fife et al., [2014] Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 40, 20–33). Although this case has been made conceptually, there is little empirical research on therapists’ way-of-be- ing with clients. The primary purpose of this research is to investigate clients’ perceptions of their therapists’ way-of- being. Utilizing a common factors perspective, the study seeks to explore: (a) how clients experience their thera- pists’ way-of-being and (b) the influence therapists’ way- of-being has on clients’ engagement. Phenomenological methods were used to gain a nuanced understanding of the phenomenon. Qualitative data were collected through semi-structured face-
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-103
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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