The dance of psychotherapy

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Using a dance metaphor, this article presents an approach to teaching therapeutic techniques to beginning graduate students in which interventions are first taught separately for purposes of clarity followed by an emphasis on integration, creativity, and flexibility. To illustrate the format of this approach, I provide theory, research, and prototypic clinical examples for the three therapeutic techniques that I use most frequently in my own practice. These techniques are support/empathy, immediacy, and affect exploration, experiencing, and expression. This is followed by a case presentation in which these three techniques are used together in a unique way to facilitate the work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-423
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • Affect
  • Empathy
  • Immediacy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Therapeutic process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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