The Psychotherapists

David E. Orlinsky, Michael Helge Rønnestad, Nicoletta Aapro, Hansruedi Ambühl, Alejandro Ávila Espada, Sue Hyun Bae, Larry E. Beutler, Jean François Botermans, Peter Buchheim, Isabel Caro Gabalda, Manfred Cierpka, John D. Davis, Marcia L. Davis, Alice Dazord, Salvatore Freni, Erik Friis Jørgensen, Alessandra Gabrielli, Paul Gerin, Eunsun Joo, Horst KächeleEkaterina Kalmykova, Anna von der Lippe, Jan Meyerberg, John C. Norcross, Terry Northcut, Barbara K. Parks, Michael Rosander, Seth Rubin, Elena Scherb, Thomas A. Schröder, Gaby Shefler, Manuel S. Silverman, David P. Smith, Dan Stiwne, Scott Stuart, Margarita Tarragona, António Branco Vasco, Ulrike Willutzki, Hadas Wiseman

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    In this chapter, we introduce readers to the varied groups of psychotherapists who participated in our study. In doing this, we have two aims in mind. The first is to provide a context for understanding variations in responses to the questions posed in the Development of Psychotherapists Common Core Questionnaire. Psychotherapists share certain basic characteristics, but they also differ in many ways from one another. A detailed description of our therapists' varied characteristics will help readers appreciate both how much therapists do have in common and what the differences among them really mean. A second aim served by providing a detailed portrait of a large number of psychotherapists is simple curiosity. This chapter provides an overview of the nearly 5,000 psychotherapists who accepted our invitation to answer the questions set forth in the Development of Psychotherapists Common Core Questionnaire. As we explained in chapter 2, we make no claim that those who participated in our study are representative of all psychotherapists, at all times and places, for the simple reason that a sufficiently clear definition of psychotherapy (and, thus, of psychotherapists) is impossible to formulate. Those definitions vary across professions and orientations, eras and cultures. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHow Psychotherapists Develop
    Subtitle of host publicationA Study Of Therapeutic Work And Professional Growth.
    EditorsDavid E. Orlinsky, Michael Helge Rønnestad
    Place of PublicationWashington D.C.
    PublisherAmerican Psychological Association Inc.
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)1-59147-273-3
    StatePublished - 2005


    • *Demographic Characteristics
    • *Professional Development
    • *Psychotherapist Attitudes
    • *Psychotherapists
    • *Therapist Characteristics
    • Career Development
    • Measurement
    • Psychotherapy


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