Aim: To characterize and determine differences in the verbal communications of therapists who developed high and low therapeutic alliances (TA).
Study design: qualitative, instrumental, multiple case study.
Method: The study included 25 therapists (19 undergraduate psychology students doing their internship and 6 professional psychologists). Alliances were classified as high or low using the scores at the Working Alliance Inventory (WAI). Therapeutic sessions were recorded, transcribed and then, therapists verbal interventions were codified by the researchers.
Results: Therapists with high TA scores used more listening and support strategies than therapists with low TA scores during the first three sessions. Later on, therapist with higher TA scores used communication strategies of influence while therapist with low TA scores kept using informative questions or supportive interventions. Besides, communications of the therapists with low TA scores were characterized by inattention and impersonal language in the initial stages of therapy.
Conclusions: Training therapists privileged listening and supportive strategies over those aimed to influence. Since communication strategies intending to produce influence become very important as therapy proceeds, training should emphasize in them. We discuss the implications for the practice and training in psychotherapy.
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