Witnessing in psychotherapy



The article introduces the concept of witnessing in two approaches — Authentic Movement and narrative therapy. It speaks of the main ideas and principles, methods and possibilities, opening by them. Also it analyses the relationship between two approaches and invite the reader to the further questioning about the development of methodology and practice of psychotherapy.

General Information

Keywords: psychotherapy, witness, Authentic Movement, narrative practice

Journal rubric: Workshop and Methods

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp.2015230307

For citation: Grebenyuk E.G. Witnessing in psychotherapy. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2015. Vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 93–104. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2015230307. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena G. Grebenyuk, Psychologist, Center of Psychological Counseling, National Research University Higher School of Economics; PhD student, Faculty of Psychology, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: Elena.grebenyuk@gmail.com



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