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Examining Processes of Change for Experientially Distant and Experientially Engaged Client Subgroups in Experiential Therapy for Depression

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dc.contributor.advisor Pos, Alberta E.
dc.creator Wong, Karen Kar Yan
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-20T18:57:45Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-20T18:57:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2016-05-04
dc.date.issued 2016-09-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10315/32344
dc.description.abstract This study examined whether different client subgroups, identified as either experientially distant or experientially engaged based on their early tendency to approach inner experience, undergo distinct emotional change processes during experiential therapy for depression. It was hypothesized that these distinct emotional change processes would be best captured using different process measures, which were the Experiencing Scale (EXP) and the Classification of Affective Meaning States (CAMS), respectively. As experientially distant clients were hypothesized to experience depression related to being estranged from the adaptive information within emotional experience, increasing general access to emotional experience was presumed to be the change process most likely to relieve their depression, and optimally captured by the EXP scale. Experientially engaged clients were hypothesized to experience depression related to activation of maladaptive emotion schemes, and it was assumed that alleviation of their depression would occur through accessing primary adaptive emotions, which would be measured by the CAMS. A second purpose of this investigation was to examine whether these different change processes would differentially predict long-term resilient gains in addition to outcome at treatment termination. Results opposite to the hypotheses were found. Emotion scheme typology as measured by the CAMS was a better predictor of outcome for the experientially distant subgroup, and depth of experiencing as captured by the EXP scale a better predictor of outcome for the experientially engaged subgroup. While unexpected, these results support the original hypothesis concerning the existence of distinct subtypes of depressed clients who undergo separate paths to change. They also supported experiential therapy change principles, indicating that both depth of experiencing and emotion scheme typology are powerfully related to termination and long-term outcome in this psychotherapy model.
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject Clinical psychology
dc.title Examining Processes of Change for Experientially Distant and Experientially Engaged Client Subgroups in Experiential Therapy for Depression
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.degree.discipline Psychology (Functional Area: Clinical Psychology)
dc.degree.name PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
dc.degree.level Doctoral
dc.date.updated 2016-09-20T18:57:44Z
dc.subject.keywords Psychotherapy
dc.subject.keywords Psychotherapy process
dc.subject.keywords Experiential therapy
dc.subject.keywords Emotion-focused therapy
dc.subject.keywords Client-centred therapy
dc.subject.keywords Client process
dc.subject.keywords Depression
dc.subject.keywords Eepressive subgroups
dc.subject.keywords Experiencing
dc.subject.keywords Experiencing Scale
dc.subject.keywords Classification of Affective Meaning States

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