ALLIANCE RUPTURES AND EMBODIED AROUSAL IN PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY

Anna Mylona & Evrinomy Avdi
This exploratory study aimed to deepen our understanding of relational and embodied processes implicated in psychotherapy, by examining the association of alliance ruptures with therapeutic dyad’s autonomic arousal during psychotherapy sessions. A central assumption of the study was that the therapeutic alliance is a core and dynamic aspect of therapy process, shaped by the mutual influence of therapist and client on both verbal/explicit and embodied/implicit levels. The research material consisted of 12 video-recorded sessions drawn...
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