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Psychotherapists' emotional and physiological reactions toward patients with either borderline personality disorder or depression.
Psychother Res 2019; :1-8PR

Abstract

Objective:

There is a marked difference between the effects of psychotherapy for major depressive disorder (MDD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD), with treatment being less effective for the latter. Considering the importance of the therapeutic relationship in the prognosis of therapeutic results, some of these differential effects might be explained by the distinctive reactions that patients elicit in their therapists. The aim of the present research was to characterize therapists' perceptions of their emotional and physiological reactions to patients diagnosed with MDD or BPD. Method: A semi-structured interview was conducted with 43 clinical psychologists from Argentina with different theoretical orientations. These professionals treated at least one patient diagnosed with BPD and one with MDD during the previous year. Therapists' reactions were categorized through a modified consensual qualitative research analysis.

Results:

Our findings suggest that psychotherapists feel emotions of dysregulation with BPD patients and sensations of fatigue with MDD patients.

Conclusion:

The results provide some support for the idea that therapists may mirror their patients' internal experiences.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Center of Mathematical and Experimental Psychology Research (CIIPME), National Council of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Republic of Argentina. Faculty of Psychology and Human Relations, Interamerican Open University (UAI), Buenos Aires, Argentina. Faculty of Psychology, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.Human, Social and Environmental Research Institute (INCIHUSA), National Council of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Argentina. Faculty of Humanities and Economic Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina.Interdisciplinary Center of Mathematical and Experimental Psychology Research (CIIPME), National Council of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Republic of Argentina. University Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina.Faculty of Psychology, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31710283

Citation

Putrino, Natalia, et al. "Psychotherapists' Emotional and Physiological Reactions Toward Patients With Either Borderline Personality Disorder or Depression." Psychotherapy Research : Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, 2019, pp. 1-8.
Putrino N, Casari L, Mesurado B, et al. Psychotherapists' emotional and physiological reactions toward patients with either borderline personality disorder or depression. Psychother Res. 2019.
Putrino, N., Casari, L., Mesurado, B., & Etchevers, M. (2019). Psychotherapists' emotional and physiological reactions toward patients with either borderline personality disorder or depression. Psychotherapy Research : Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, pp. 1-8. doi:10.1080/10503307.2019.1690176.
Putrino N, et al. Psychotherapists' Emotional and Physiological Reactions Toward Patients With Either Borderline Personality Disorder or Depression. Psychother Res. 2019 Nov 11;1-8. PubMed PMID: 31710283.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Psychotherapists' emotional and physiological reactions toward patients with either borderline personality disorder or depression. AU - Putrino,Natalia, AU - Casari,Leandro, AU - Mesurado,Belén, AU - Etchevers,Martín, Y1 - 2019/11/11/ PY - 2019/11/12/entrez SP - 1 EP - 8 JF - Psychotherapy research : journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research JO - Psychother Res N2 - Objective: There is a marked difference between the effects of psychotherapy for major depressive disorder (MDD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD), with treatment being less effective for the latter. Considering the importance of the therapeutic relationship in the prognosis of therapeutic results, some of these differential effects might be explained by the distinctive reactions that patients elicit in their therapists. The aim of the present research was to characterize therapists' perceptions of their emotional and physiological reactions to patients diagnosed with MDD or BPD. Method: A semi-structured interview was conducted with 43 clinical psychologists from Argentina with different theoretical orientations. These professionals treated at least one patient diagnosed with BPD and one with MDD during the previous year. Therapists' reactions were categorized through a modified consensual qualitative research analysis. Results: Our findings suggest that psychotherapists feel emotions of dysregulation with BPD patients and sensations of fatigue with MDD patients. Conclusion: The results provide some support for the idea that therapists may mirror their patients' internal experiences. SN - 1468-4381 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31710283/Psychotherapists'_emotional_and_physiological_reactions_toward_patients_with_either_borderline_personality_disorder_or_depression L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10503307.2019.1690176 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -