Date of Paper

5-2012

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

msw

Department

socialwork

First Advisor

Felicia Sy

Abstract

Evidence-based practice methods are a central component in the psychotherapy profession and an important backdrop in the therapeutic endeavor. Yet a therapeutic relationship that leads to healing is often one that exists within an intersubjective space, one that is outside the field of manualized interventions. The purpose of this study seeks to explore the role that intuition plays in the therapeutic process, how it informs the use of evidence-based practice methods, and its contribution to the change process in psychotherapy. Scholarly research on the use of intuition in the therapeutic process is sparse and indicates a need for more in-depth inquiry. Data analyzed from 7 semistructured interviews with psychotherapists showed that the use of intuition was indeed a central aspect in their work.

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