The Spaces In-between: How the Art of Intuition Informs the Science of Evidence Based Practice in Psychotherapy


Social Work

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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

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Clinical research paper


Felicia Sy


Evidence-based practice methods are a central component in the psychotherapy profession and an important backdrop in the therapeutic endeavor. Yet a therapeutic relationship that leads to healing is often one that exists within an intersubjective space, one that is outside the field of manualized interventions. The purpose of this study seeks to explore the role that intuition plays in the therapeutic process, how it informs the use of evidence-based practice methods, and its contribution to the change process in psychotherapy. Scholarly research on the use of intuition in the therapeutic process is sparse and indicates a need for more in-depth inquiry. Data analyzed from 7 semi structured interviews with psychotherapists showed that the use of intuition was indeed a central aspect in their work.


intuition, evidence-based practice, psychotherapy

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