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Temas em Psicologia

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PEIXOTO, Evandro Morais et al. Vera case: psychotherapist interventions and therapeutic alliance. Temas psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.24, n.4, pp. 1205-1215. ISSN 1413-389X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.9788/TP2016.4-02Pt.

Variables relating to the therapist, the patient and the quality of their relationship are associated with factors that contribute to the success of the psychotherapy. The main goal of this study was to evaluate a brief psychodynamic psychotherapy process and to establish a relation between two of these aspects: the therapist's verbal interventions and the therapeutic alliance. A single-subject case study was used as well as clinical instruments to evaluate the proposed variables: Therapeutic Interventions Classification (TI) and the Working Alliance Inventory Short - Observer version (WAI-S-O). The results pointed to the therapist's intervention strategy, predominantly expressive, and an increase in the average of the therapeutic alliance from the initial phase through the other phases. Moreover, the interventions were also modulated by the inherent characteristics of the different phases of the therapeutic process, in particular the final stage, where the central conflict of the patient relationship, the fear of being abandoned, could be reedited and elaborated. Limitations of the study are indicated.

Keywords : Psychotherapy change (psychology); psychotherapeutic processes; single case study.

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