Clients' and therapists' perceptions of intrasessional connection: an analogue study of change over time, predictor variables, and level of consensus

Mick Cooper

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Clients’ and therapists’ within-session experiences of relational connection were investigated using an analogue design. Eighty “therapist -- client” dyads rated, on a minute-by-minute basis, their levels of connection to the other over a 20 minute counseling session. Therapists’ and clients’ feelings of connection increased over time with a negatively accelerating curve. Clients experienced a greater increase in feelings of connection with therapists that they perceived as less anxious; while older therapists, and therapists who believed they were perceived as more agreeable, experienced a deeper connection. Clients’ and therapists’ perception of connection were significantly associated, with a median within-dyad correlation of .76.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-287
Number of pages14
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Issue number3
Early online date9 Jan 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • psychotherapy process
  • psychotherapy research
  • therapeutic alliance
  • relational depth
  • counselling

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