Recognizing, understanding, and responding to familiar responses: The importance of a relationship history for therapeutic effectiveness

Bonnie Jean Raingruber

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Abstract

PROBLEM. To describe aspects of therapeutic effectiveness, including the importance of an ongoing relationship. METHODS. A phenomenological study (n = 14) involving nurse psychotherapists (n = 6) and clients (n = 8). FINDINGS. Participants recognized dense meanings and familiar, shorthand communications evolving from their relationship history. This ability to read another's responses with sensitivity and attunement contributed to a sense of comfort and openness during therapy sessions. CONCLUSIONS. Students should be taught how a relationship history contributes to sensitivity to nuances of meaning and development of an individualized approach. Reimbursement structures must be developed that acknowledge the situated nature of change and the significance of an ongoing relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume35
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Nurse psychotherapist
  • Nurse-patient relations
  • Psychiatric nursing
  • Qualitative studies
  • Treatment outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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