‘Emotional connection in therapy: clients’ and therapists’ experiences’ lecture by Dr. Rosemary Lodge, 13th. November 2012

Rosemary is a counselling psychologist, and deputy course leader for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at NSPC. She says this about her presentation: ‘I will talk about the findings of my recent research into emotional connection in therapy. This research showed that within the therapeutic relationship there was both a manifest and a hidden emotional level and that emotional connection was linked to client change at both levels. However, healing of the client’s deepest hurts took place on the hidden level. On this level there was also an emotional matching between client and therapist. The research provides support for the idea that ‘being with’ clients may be more therapeutic than ‘doing to’ clients, and that the healing mechanisms within therapy may be beyond our control.’

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