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Innocent bystanders?: observation in psychotherapy

  • Eluned Dorkins (a1) and Paul Aylard (a1)
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We describe the operation of a psychotherapy clinic where a one-way screen is used in the assessment of adults for a range of dynamic therapies. While observation of psychotherapeutic encounters remains contentious as an activity in its own right, we attempt to illustrate how such a way of working can be helpful to patients and staff. The potential drawbacks of this approach are discussed and ways of minimising these are explored.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Innocent bystanders?: observation in psychotherapy

  • Eluned Dorkins (a1) and Paul Aylard (a1)
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