Assessing the Therapist’s Use of Silence as an Intervention in the Therapeutic Setting

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2023-04
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Lally, Sarah
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The use of silence in psychotherapy has received limited attention in counsellor training and academia. Although clinicians report learning about it through personal therapy, clinical supervision, and practice, research on this topic is scarce. Despite silence being recognized as a powerful tool in psychotherapy, there is a lack of research investigating its use as an intervention in therapeutic settings. Factors such as cultural identity, pre- and post-silence interactions, attachment style, and type of silence have been identified as important considerations, but existing research does not adequately assess these factors. This paper aims to review the literature on the impact of therapists' use of silence in therapy and proposes a research framework for counsellors to assess the use of silence as an intervention in the therapeutic setting.
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silence, therapeutic relationship, psychotherapy, therapeutic intervention, psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment, culture
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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States, openAccess
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