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The Dual Process of Intuitive Responsivity and Reflective Self-supervision: About the Therapist in Family Therapy PracticePalabras clave(sic)(sic)(sic)

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Psychotherapy research shows that-in individual therapy as in family therapy-some therapists are more effective than others. This highlights the crucial role the therapist plays in a client's improvement. Furthermore, it seems that training may make a difference, as deliberate practice can improve the therapist's effectiveness. In the context of the current renewed awareness of the importance of the person of the therapist in the psychotherapy field, this paper's focus is specifically on the therapist in family therapy practice. There is a long tradition of reflecting on the person of the therapist in the family therapy field, often inspired by the metaphor of the wounded healer. In contrast, focusing on the person op the therapist in the present moment of the therapy session is fairly new. In this paper, we use of the dual process models from cognitive psychology as a frame to reflect on the person of the therapist. We review these dual process models and propose that the intuitive responsivity of the therapist relies on the fast, implicit cognitive system (system 1) and the therapist's self-reflection on the slow, deliberate system (system 2). The therapist's actions in therapy practice then emerge moment-by-moment as an echo of the way these two cognitive systems balance each other. It is optimal if the therapist, attuned to the family's rhythm, can flexibly oscillate between the two systems. In the concluding comments of this paper, reflective questions are posed about what this perspective may mean for family therapy practice, training, and supervision.
Tijdschrift: Family Process
ISSN: 0014-7370
Issue: 3
Volume: 60
Pagina's: 1033 - 1047
Aantal pagina's: 15
Jaar van publicatie:2020
Trefwoorden:Psychologie en gedragswetenschappen