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On Observing in the Clinical Setting – How Does One ‘See’ In Psychotherapy

On Observing in the Clinical Setting – How Does One ‘See’ In Psychotherapy

Most would agree that observation plays a crucial part of clinical work – particularly in the psychotherapies. But, what is it? What types of observation are there? Can one ever truly observe? In this lecture I will explore the notion of observation from several perspectives to point toward some of the difficulties and potentialities of observation. I will argue that observation is possible, albeit limited and that an observing mental state is central to psychotherapeutic work.