Personal Psychotherapy and the Professional Development of Trainee Therapists




Abrams, Ian Christopher

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This paper aims to synthesize the literature on personal psychotherapy and graduate training in the helping professions to determine whether personal therapy should belong to the standard set of activities and competencies required of trainee psychotherapists. Though personal psychotherapy has a long history as a training tool, it is seldom formally required or recommended in programs today. Benefits to the clinician have been widely reported; whether clients benefit is a subject of ongoing debate. It appears that most psychotherapists eventually do enter therapy at some point in their career, but not necessarily in training. The paper attempts to determine what is of value to the trainee therapist and how it can be integrated with the goals of training programs.

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