Narrative Processes in Psychotherapy: Differences Between Good and Poor Outcome Clients

Luis Botella, Joana Maestra Cutura

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This paper compares 30 patients with good therapeutic outcome to 30 with poor therapeutic outcome in terms of the differential distribution of (1) Intake Variables (2) Outcome and Process Variables, and (3) Narrative Variables. Results indicated that psychosocial functioning, motivation, pre-therapy symptoms, Working Alliance, total number of therapy sessions, total pre-post symptom reduction, and mean scoring for total working alliance in sessions 3, 4, and 8 discriminated between both groups. Results also showed that almost all narrative variables except some of them discriminated good outcome clients from poor outcome ones from the beginning, midpoint and final stage of their therapeutic process. These results are discussed according to their relevance for clinical practice.
Translated title of the contributionProcesos narrativos en psicoterapia: diferencias entre clientes con buen y mal resultado
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-142
Number of pages20
JournalAcción psicológica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


  • narrative processes in Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapeutic outcome
  • Psychotherapeutic process


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