Issue 6 – December 2008

István Tiringer


Árpád Süle: New paths in person-centered therapy: the concept of process diagnosis: I. The level of the macro processes
Theoretical study
Anna Campos Jimenéz: Reality of the body and the space of fantasy in psychodynamic movement and dance therapy
Questions of practice
Dóra Szanati, Beáta Nagy: Therapy possibilities of early development at premature babies ” a new instrument of preverbal skills ” measuring
Imre Hermann: Psychotherapy and mental care


Opinions on educational councelling centersVanda Benkő, Annamária Csák, Márta M. Tamás, Pálnokné Márta Pozsonyi, Katalin Szakács, Judit Szekeres, Anna Szvatkó
Debate on „family constellation”Mária Angster, Etelka Büti, Ágnes Matolcsi
Letter to the editorKároly Oriold
News and reports
ConferencesPéter Antal Bacsó, Katalin Futó, Ágnes Nagy, Csilla Pető, Zoltán Sági
Lists of professional booksAnimula, Lélekben Otthon, Medicina, Ursus Libris
Book reviewsEmőke Bagdy, Béla Birkás, Andor Harrach, Zsuzsanna Kerekes, Imre Olivér Kozák, László Nagy
Professional programs

Overview Árpád Süle: New paths in person-centered therapy: the concept of process diagnosis: I. The level of macro processes

The process conception of personality, as elaborated by Rogers and Gendlin, has been further refined through the development of person-centered psychotherapy. Four aspects of the personality as process have been described in the frame of this therapeutic approach: the self-process, interactional process, experiential process and existential process. These part-processes are conceptualised in other therapeutic approaches, too, but in different frames of reference. At the same time these four-part processes illustrate the different branches of person-centered psychotherapy. The process diagnosis is based on these developments and it identifies the blockage in the personality in terms of process, and helps de-blocking it. Process diagnosis can be made on two levels. The macro level investigates the function and interaction of the four part- processes in the life of the client. The micro level reveals the momentary process of the client as it develops in the context of the therapeutic relationship. As the process of the client in therapy is fundamentally influenced by the therapeutic relationship, the process diagnosis on micro level reveals the impact of the therapeutic relationship, too. The process conception of the person and the macro level of the four part-processes are explained in part I of this paper. Part II will deal with process diagnosis on a micro level that has been elaborated mainly by the experiential branch of this psychotherapeutic approach.

Keywords: person-centered and experiential psychotherapy – process diagnosis – integrative – macro- and micro level

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