WHAT IS EFFECTIVE IN THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS? A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION

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In his presentation at the Round Table Discussion in 1956, Lewis R. Wolberg addresses some factors that can make psychotherapy successful. He focuses on factors that are common in all good therapies irrespective of their specific theoretic and methodological systems. In Dr. Wolberg’s view, therapeutic improvement is a process of restoration of the patient’s sense of mastery, the result of a constructive use of the therapeutic relationship. He sees the function of the therapist as a catalyst for change during the therapeutic process and emphasizes the importance of therapist’s personality and technical skills.

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This article was presented at the Round Table Discussion, What is effective in the therapeutic process? at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Chicago, Illinois, on May 1, 1956. Panel was moderated by: Bella S. Van Bark, M.D. Other presenters were: Elizabeth Kilpatrick, M.D., Marianne Horney Eckardt, M.D., Frederick A. Weiss, M.D., Leslie H. Farber, M.D., Louis E. DeRosis, M.D., and Silvano Arieti, M.D. This article was first published in the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 1957, 17:8–10, and is republished here.

1Lewis R. Wolberg, M.D. was a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist, founder and Medical Director of the Post-Graduate Center for Psychotherapy, and one of the Charter Members of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, NYC.

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Wolberg, L. WHAT IS EFFECTIVE IN THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS? A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION. Am J Psychoanal 75, 182–187 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1057/ajp.2015.2

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Keywords

  • constructive use of the therapeutic relationship
  • patient’s sense of mastery
  • warm therapeutic climate
  • reconstructive goals