A journey to client and therapist mutuality in person-centered psychotherapy: a case study

Tickle, Emma and Murphy, David (2014) A journey to client and therapist mutuality in person-centered psychotherapy: a case study. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 13 (4). pp. 337-351. ISSN 1752-9182

PDF - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (649kB) | Preview


This aim of this case study was to build theory on the development of client–therapist mutuality in person-centered psychotherapy. A case study focusing on a 42-year-old female client who had presented for therapy following trauma within interpersonal relationships has been used. A reflective, theory-building, case study method was adopted that used data gathered from verbatim session notes and research interviews between the therapist (first author) and research supervisor (second author). Three primary therapeutic processes that contributed to the development of mutuality are discussed. First, the development of mutual empathy in the relationship; second, strategies for disconnection and staying out of relationship are identified. Third, client agency and mutuality is explored. In conclusion the study proposes that mutuality is a key construct within person-centered psychotherapy and develops as a natural consequence of the presence of Rogers’ therapeutic conditions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, on 14/07/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14779757.2014.927390
Keywords: mutuality, mutual empathy, strategies for disconnection, client agency, case study
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14779757.2014.927390
Depositing User: Collier, Elanor
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 13:37
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 20:19
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/31921

Actions (Archive Staff Only)

Edit View Edit View