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Up Close and Personal: A Consideration of the Role of Personal Therapy in the Development of a Psychotherapist

Suzanne B. Phillips

in On Becoming a Psychotherapist

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736393
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894574 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736393.003.0007
Up Close and Personal: A Consideration of the Role of Personal Therapy in the Development of a Psychotherapist

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This chapter considers that across disciplines and orientations, personal therapy is integral to the formation and development of a therapist because there is an inextricable mix of personal and professional dimensions in the functioning of any therapist. Drawing upon national and international empirical findings, qualitative narrative studies, and personal experience, the chapter reveals the surprising use of personal therapy by mental health professionals, the personal and professional gains reported and the role of personal therapy in expanding didactic training, clinical experience, supervision, and cultural competence. It proposes that an important legacy to students and new therapists is an open recognition of the value of personal therapy in their journey.

Keywords: personal therapy; orientations; supervision; person of the therapist; professional growth

Chapter.  9016 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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