Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Research on how therapists-in-training experience their development and education has been gaining attention in the psychotherapy literature. In this study, developing therapists were interviewed about their experience of self-criticism related to psychotherapy practice and these interviews were subjected to a grounded theory analysis generating a model of these self-critical processes. Results highlighted the intensity of self-criticism in therapists' training experiences, especially when they related to their clients from an "expert role." The results also described ways in which self-criticism is mitagted by a sense of interpersonal safety and clinical freedom and flexibility in therapists' training. The implications for future psychotherapy research and clinical training are discussed, supported by guidelines for supervisors and trainees on how to address self-criticism within academic training environments.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Kannan, Divya, "Mitigating the Intensity of Therapist Self-Criticism: A Grounded Theory Analysis" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 518.