Posts made in February, 2014

Is Low Therapist Empathy Toxic?

»Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

by Steven Bengis, David S. Prescott, and Joan Tabachnick   Question How important is the ability of a therapist to demonstrate client empathy¬†and attunement to the therapeutic outcome?   The Research In 2012, Theresa Moyers and William Miller reviewed studies in the alcohol and substance abuse addiction fields to determine the relevance of demonstrated therapist empathy with adult clients. The measured outcome was a reduction in observable addictive behaviors in the clients. For this paper, Moyers and Miller defined accurate empathy from a Rogerian perspective as a: “commitment to understanding the client’s personal frame of reference and the ability to convey this heard meaning back to the client via reflective listening….the process...

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