Being with feelings as a recognition practice: Developing clients' self-understanding

Bonnie Jean Raingruber

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TOPIC. How are shifts in clients' self-understanding related to focusing on feelings during therapy sessions? METHODS. A phenomenological study involving matched-pairs of clients and nurse-therapists using video-cued narrative reflection. FINDINGS. Feelings disclose significance within a therapy session. Dialogical relationships and involvements help clients experience the feelings they are discussing, obtain feedback from therapists, and develop self-under standing. CONCLUSIONS. Nurse educators should stress the importance of focusing on feelings in a session, and clinicians should practice this skill to facilitate a client's developing self-understanding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-50
Number of pages10
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2000


  • Affective awareness
  • Nurse-client relationships
  • Self-understanding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Nursing(all)
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology


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