Collaboration in experiential therapy

Lucia Berdondini, Robert Elliott, Joan Shearer

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We offer a view of the nature and role of client-therapist collaboration in experiential psychotherapy, focusing on Gestalt and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). We distinguish between the necessary condition of mutual trust (the emotional bond between client and therapist) and effective collaboration (regarding the goals and tasks of therapy). Using a case study of experiential therapy for social anxiety, we illustrate how the development of collaboration can be both complex and pivotal for therapeutic success, how it can involve client and therapist encountering one another through taking risks by openly, and how it nonjudgementally disclosing difficult experiences enriches and advances the work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159–167
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number2
Early online date26 Jan 2012
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • emotion-focused therapy, Gestalt therapy, collaboration, therapeutic alliance, experiential psychotherapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • collaboration
  • therapeutic alliance
  • experiential psychotherapy


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