Neurophysiology of therapeutic alliance

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dc.contributor.author Stratford, P
dc.contributor.author Lal, S
dc.contributor.author Meara, A
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T11:04:38Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand, 2009, 5 (2), pp. 19 - 47
dc.identifier.issn 1834-5298
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/15953
dc.description.abstract Currently no studies exist on assessing neurophysiological correlates, especially brain activity, during therapeutic alliance (TA) between client and therapist. The aims of this study were to assess electroencephalography (EEG) activity in the client with symptomatic anxiety throughout therapy during moments of high TA established using SCR measurements from both client and therapist. Fifteen clients aged, 48 ± 9.4 years (males: n=7, females: n=8) underwent six (S1-S6), weekly 1-hour psychotherapy sessions (90 hours of repeated measures). For the duration of therapy the frontal site remained active while the occipital site `went to sleep. During high TA the parietal cortex - the `seat of imagination, was active. The parietal cortex appears to be highly active when processing trauma as the client develops cognitive and emotional insight. The temporal site reflected accessing emotional memory with high alpha and beta activity. Heart-rate (HR) and anxiety levels decreased over time.
dc.publisher Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.3109/08941939.2011.581915
dc.title Neurophysiology of therapeutic alliance
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 5
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 19 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 47 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Medical and Molecular Biosciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1702 Cognitive Sciences
dc.personcode 010322
dc.personcode 999377
dc.personcode 0000067896
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Cognitive Sciences en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords NA
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science/School of Medical and Molecular Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Health Technologies
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
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