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


  • Arthur C. Bohart



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


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 




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.



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