Clients' and therapists' perceptions of intrasessional connection: an analogue study of change over time, predictor variables, and level of consensus

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Clients' and therapists' within-session experiences of relational connection were investigated using an analogue design. Eighty "therapist-client" dyads rated, on a minute-by-minute basis, their levels of connection to the other over a 20 minute counselling session. Therapists' and clients' feelings of connection increased over time with a negatively accelerating curve. Clients experienced a greater increase in feelings of connection with therapists that they perceived as less anxious; while older therapists, and therapists who believed they were perceived as more agreeable, experienced a deeper connection. Clients' and therapists' perception of connection were significantly associated, with a median within-dyad correlation of .76.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-88
Number of pages15
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Adult
  • Anxiety
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Counseling
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Psychotherapy
  • Time Factors

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