The Life-Saving Case of "Cora": A Rogerian Perspective

Authors

  • Arthur C. Bohart

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14713/pcsp.v12i3.1976

Keywords:

adjudicational method, early childhood causality, persistence, courage, case study, clinical case study

Abstract

Halvorsen, Benum, Haavind, and McLeod’s (2016) A Life-Saving Therapy: The Theory-Building Case of "Cora" is rich in ideas and findings. My reflections fall into four categories. First, I comment on the finding that therapist and client reports of change in the case of Cora differ from results on objective measures. I argue that an extensive qualitative examination could better resolve this issue. Second, I raise questions concerning the idea that clients’ problems necessarily stem from early childhood abuse. Third, I argue that the authors’ finding of the importance of persistence in therapy may better explain how therapy works than a primary focus on significant events or significant moments. Finally, I agree with the authors’ finding of client courage, but give an alternative interpretation of that.

Author Biography

Arthur C. Bohart

Arthur C. Bohart 

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Published

10/17/2016

How to Cite

Bohart, A. C. (2016). The Life-Saving Case of "Cora": A Rogerian Perspective. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 12(3), 194–206. https://doi.org/10.14713/pcsp.v12i3.1976

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Case Study