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The Influence of Psychotherapists’ Personal Life on General Therapeutic Practice: In the Case of Korean Therapists

  • Korean Social Science Journal
  • Abbr : KSSJ
  • 2009, 36(1), pp.123-146
  • Publisher : Korean Social Science Research Council
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general

Joo Eunsun ORD ID 1 Sunyoung Park 2

1덕성여자대학교
2

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Psychotherapy is a demanding profession, striving to provide high-quality services to others while maintaining personal wellness. Many psychotherapists experience difficulty in balancing their professional and personal life. Though researchers slowly recognize the importance of the therapist variable in psychotherapy research, little is known about influence of therapists’ personal life on therapeutic practices. As part of the “International Study of Development of Psychotherapists” (Orlinsky & Ronnestead, 2005), this study explores the influences of personal life on the therapeutic practice of Korean psychotherapists. 166 Korean psychotherapists who work in various settings are examined. In this study, personal life is explored in three different areas: personal therapy, life satisfaction and everyday life practices. The main research questions are: 1) Do therapists who are in personal therapy differ from therapists who are not in personal therapy in their therapeutic practice? 2) Do therapists who report to be highly satisfied in life differ from therapists who are low in life satisfaction in their therapeutic practice? 3) What are the variables related to everyday life that influence therapists’ role confidence as therapists? Based on the results, implications for the education and training of the psychotherapists are discussed.

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