Personal therapists' voices in the systemic first consultations. Dialogical analysis.
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Pracownia Psychologii i Psychoterapii Systemowej, Klinika Psychiatrii Dzieci i Młodzieży, Katedra Psychiatrii UJ CM
Zakład Terapii Rodzin i Psychosomatyki, Katedra Psychiatrii UJ CM
Submission date: 2019-11-15
Acceptance date: 2019-12-04
Publication date: 2019-12-31
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Antonina Bryniarska   

Pracownia Psychologii i Psychoterapii Systemowej, Klinika Psychiatrii Dzieci i Młodzieży, Katedra Psychiatrii UJ CM
Psychoter 2019;191(4):17-28
The aim of the presented exploratory study was to observe and describe personal themes in a therapist’s mind. The research included recording and subsequent analysis of family or couple therapy sessions as well as interviews with therapists.

The therapists were interviewed using the Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR) Protocol [1]. The multiple case study design was used to compare the therapists' autobiographical memories and associations while conducting the therapeutic sessions. Those chosen excerpts with identified personal connotations were reviewed by dialogical analysis, differentiating between experiencing and professional selfs of the therapists [2] and the relations between them. This was followed by the analysis of seven IPR interviews with therapists, conducted directly after the first consultation: four of them with families and three with couples. They had been sent to the therapy for different reasons: eating disorder, family conflicts, addictions, or behavioural disorders. All therapists worked in the systemic approach, were certified therapists and supervisors.

In the analysis, five fragments of IPR interviews with personal voices considering autobiographical experiences were identified. In each example, this has evoked a professional voice reflecting the consciousness of the therapist’s own perspective (metaposition of the observer’s thoughts and feelings). In half of the examples, consciousness was followed by the analysis of a possible impact of personal voices on the therapeutic process.

The evoked biographical themes during therapeutic sessions might adopt the form of observing similarities of experiences between the family and the therapist but may also be associated with deeper reflection on their importance to the therapeutic process. IPR is a useful tool to explore a phenomenon like personal voices.

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