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Researcher and Therapist: The Conversations of the Qualitative Interview
Unformatted Document Text:  5 Conversation conversations. They are also asked to attend to the process of the therapeutic relationship, their individual style of communication, and the quality of their interaction with the therapist. Kottler (1994) suggested that the mutual understanding of these structures forms the basis for much of therapy. The process of therapy involves interpretations of complex, abstract phenomena and is drawn from multiple disciplines of knowledge. A therapeutic encounter is a blending of scientific principles, intuitive strategies, and well-planned objectives that seek to encourage and support a client’s goals. The process relies upon a search for recurrent themes, implicit messages, and patterns of feelings and behaviors. An effective therapeutic encounter relies upon a heuristic framework of understanding. As therapists immerse themselves in a journey of discovery with each client, they embark on an exhaustive search of the client’s self, through detailed descriptions of experience and provocative dialog. (Kottler, 1994) The art of therapy may be viewed as both an implicit and explicit skill—one that is grounded in the individual and interpersonal experience of the therapeutic encounter and expressed through the discourse and dialog of the participants. Halgin and Murphy (1995) suggested that effective psychotherapy consists of a planned intervention, a theoretical affiliation, and an emotionally charged and confiding interaction, while Cushman (1995) described the therapeutic encounter “as a place that offers the potential for change, where space is made for thinking and feeling and hope is nurtured while acknowledging the value of resignation and compromise” (p. 310). These multiple descriptions reflect the complexity of the therapeutic process and acknowledge the elusive nature of the experience. The therapeutic encounter is not a static event; rather it is an intimate joining that flourishes or fades based upon the interpersonal relationship

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conversations. They are also asked to attend to the process of the therapeutic relationship, their
individual style of communication, and the quality of their interaction with the therapist. Kottler
(1994) suggested that the mutual understanding of these structures forms the basis for much of
therapy.
The process of therapy involves interpretations of complex, abstract phenomena and is
drawn from multiple disciplines of knowledge. A therapeutic encounter is a blending of scientific
principles, intuitive strategies, and well-planned objectives that seek to encourage and support a
client’s goals. The process relies upon a search for recurrent themes, implicit messages, and
patterns of feelings and behaviors. An effective therapeutic encounter relies upon a heuristic
framework of understanding. As therapists immerse themselves in a journey of discovery with
each client, they embark on an exhaustive search of the client’s self, through detailed descriptions
of experience and provocative dialog. (Kottler, 1994)
The art of therapy may be viewed as both an implicit and explicit skill—one that is
grounded in the individual and interpersonal experience of the therapeutic encounter and
expressed through the discourse and dialog of the participants. Halgin and Murphy (1995)
suggested that effective psychotherapy consists of a planned intervention, a theoretical affiliation,
and an emotionally charged and confiding interaction, while Cushman (1995) described the
therapeutic encounter “as a place that offers the potential for change, where space is made for
thinking and feeling and hope is nurtured while acknowledging the value of resignation and
compromise” (p. 310).
These multiple descriptions reflect the complexity of the therapeutic process and
acknowledge the elusive nature of the experience. The therapeutic encounter is not a static event;
rather it is an intimate joining that flourishes or fades based upon the interpersonal relationship


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