Personal Therapy

D. E. Orlinsky, M. H. R Ønnestad, H. Wiseman

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The phrase “personal therapy” refers not to a particular theoretical approach or type of the psychotherapy but rather to psychotherapists’ engagement as the clients or the patients in their own therapy. Clearly, a subjective sense of the emotional distress and coping with life is one factor that might lead therapists to be in personal therapy. Several personal characteristics of therapists beyond present emotional distress are related to the rates at which personal therapy was used, both present and past. Naturally age is one factor to control, since the older therapists are, the more time and perhaps more occasions they would have had to engage in therapy. Gender is one factor. Aspects of private life also tended to differentiate therapists’ use of personal therapy, with respect to marital status but not parental status. Attachment patterns reflect the psychological foundation of intimate relationships in therapists’ private lives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow Psychotherapists Live
Subtitle of host publicationThe Personal Self and Private Life of Professional Healers
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781000542950
ISBN (Print)9781032108780
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 David E. Orlinsky.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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