Therapists’ self-reported chronic strategies of disconnection in everyday life and in counselling and psychotherapy: an exploratory study

Mick Cooper, Rosanne Knox

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The aim of this study was to explore how therapists believe they mayrelationally disconnect from other people and their clients, with anoverall objective of developing methods for enhancing relational depthin counselling and psychotherapy. Participants were 168 trainee andpracticing therapists, who listed their chronic strategies of disconnections(CSoDs) in everyday relationships, and then rated the presence of theseCSoDs in their therapeutic work. Thirty-nine categories of self-reportedeveryday CSoDs emerged, organised into seven domains. Most prevalentwere behavioural, passive and intrapsychic strategies. Over half of theCSoDs were rated as being present in therapy to a minimal extent, mostcommonly passive CSoDs, disingenuous CSoDs and humour. Maletherapists, and trainee therapists, were most likely to identify theirCSoDs as present in therapy.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-200
Issue number2
Early online date28 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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