The unfolding of the real relationship and the outcome of brief psychotherapy

Charles J. Gelso, Dennis M. Kivlighan, Johnna Busa-Knepp, Eric B. Spiegel, Stacie Ain, Ann M. Hummel, Yueher Emilie Ma, Rayna D. Markin
2012 Journal of Counseling Psychology  
This study sought to assess the association of client-and therapist-rated real relationship with each other and with the outcome of brief psychotherapy. It also aimed to determine whether changes over time in perceptions of the real relationship and increasing convergence between clients' and therapists' ratings of the real relationship were associated with outcome. Forty-two clients and their therapists (n ϭ 19) at 2 university counseling centers completed measures assessing the strength of
more » ... ir real relationship after every session of brief psychotherapy. They also completed an outcome measure at the end of treatment. Clients' ratings of the real relationship after the first session, first quarter of treatment, and after all sessions combined related to outcomes. Therapists' ratings of the real relationship at these time points did not relate to outcome. However, increases over time in therapists' ratings of real relationship strength, as well as increasing convergence with clients' ratings of the real relationship, did relate to outcome. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
doi:10.1037/a0029838 pmid:22946982 fatcat:remjvc3cdbcjhfv7jsuzyc6g7q