The Therapeutic Frame Revisited: A Contemporary Perspective
Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training
Argues that since it was first proposed, the therapeutic "frame" has been widely adopted in a relatively unquestioned manner despite major modifications in clinical theory and practice. A reexamination of the frame from a contemporary perspective is presented. While traditional conceptions of the frame emphasize its function for the client, it is argued that this structure also serves a crucial purpose for the therapist. By minimizing the opportunity for self-indulgence (e.g., by fostering abstinence, anonymity, and neutrality), the frame enables the clinician to maintain a therapeutic stance and to create an environment that fosters comprehension of the client.
Cherry, E. F.,
Gold, S. N.
(1989). The Therapeutic Frame Revisited: A Contemporary Perspective. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 26(2), 162-168.
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