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J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996 Jun;64(3):489-96.

Change in early sessions of dynamic therapy: universal processes and the generic model of psychotherapy.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School 53792, USA.


The generic model of psychotherapy is offered as a transtheoretical model of universal change processes. Session 3 change processes are examined in a naturalistic study of dynamic therapy guided by the generic model. Findings replicate and extend earlier work addressing propositions of the generic model in dynamic therapy. Openness and bond contributed to in-session realizations, whereas bond and realizations fostered session progress. Session progress, bond, use of experiential operations, and less frequent use of dynamic interventions contributed to change between Sessions 2 and 4. Discussion outlines a model of change in early dynamic therapy and highlights the usefulness of the generic model for the evaluation of change processes.

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