Journal of Psychotherapy Integration

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 103–117

Resistance as a Problem for Practice and Theory

  • Paul L. Wachtel

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023262928748

Cite this article as:
Wachtel, P.L. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration (1999) 9: 103. doi:10.1023/A:1023262928748


“Resistance” is one of the most problematic and potentially counterproductive concepts in the entire field of psychotherapy. It is at the same time one of the most crucial, pointing toward perhaps the single most important factor—or, more accurately, set of factors—in determining the success or failure of the therapeutic enterprise. Drawing on the articles by Davis and Hollon, Prochaska and Prochaska, Reid, and Eagle in this issue, as well as on the author's own perspective, this paper explores this seeming contradiction in order to point toward an integrative resolution of the differing perspectives on resistance and related phenomena.

resistancepsychotherapy practicepsychotherapy theory

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul L. Wachtel
    • 1
  1. 1.City College and CUNY Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCity College of CUNYNew York