Therapist reflective functioning, therapist attachment and therapist effectiveness

Cologon, John J. (2013) Therapist reflective functioning, therapist attachment and therapist effectiveness. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This study, for the first time, explored the relationship between reflective functioning of psychotherapists and their effectiveness as therapists. The findings revealed that greater therapist reflective functioning is associated with greater effectiveness and further, that therapist attachment anxiety interacts with reflective functioning to predict therapist effectiveness. This study has significant implications for the recruitment and training of therapists, both in Australia and overseas. Prior to this study, despite knowing that there are significant differences between psychotherapists in terms of effectiveness, we had had little understanding of the therapist attributes contributing to this difference.

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ID Code: 63779
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Schweitzer, Robert, King, Robert, & Hazelwood, Zoe
Keywords: Mentalization, Reflective Functioning, Attachment, Therapist Effectiveness, Psychotherapy Outcome, OQ-45, Adult Attachment Interview, Therapist factors
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2013 05:55
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 23:35

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