Counselor Education and Supervision (ExCES)
School of Education
orientation, therapy, psychotherapy, matching
Matching helpers and clients in a therapeutic setting is inefficient and ineffective. So far, there are no significant and enduring variables that reliably match helpers and clients that lead to positive therapeutic outcomes. This study attempts to match helper and client using theoretical orientation. It uses a quantitative methodology to predict therapeutic outcomes given match quality in the therapeutic dyad. Participants were 30 dyadic pairs—consisting of one helper and one client—who had a pre-existing therapeutic relationship. Each was given an assessment tool, used to measure their theoretical orientation to psychotherapy. Results showed no statistically significant relationships between theoretical orientation match and therapeutic outcomes. Limitations (such as low participation rates) and future research directions are discussed.
Rhodes, D. (2023). Using a Three-Dimensional Theoretical Orientation Matching Model to Predict Therapeutic Outcomes (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/2197