Exploring master therapists' use of power in conversation

Megan J. Murphy, Wan Juo Cheng, Ronald J. Werner-Wilson

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Various theoretical approaches to therapy place different emphases on the use of power in therapy. In this study, we explore six master therapists' use of power via communicational control for theoretical consistency. Results indicate that all therapists, regardless of their stance on power, use the role of therapist to exert power in an initial therapy session. Master therapists, in general, did appear to be theoretically consistent with their stated philosophies of therapy. Suggestions for future studies exploring power therapists have are included.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-484
Number of pages10
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Communicational control
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Master therapists
  • Power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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