In this study, researchers aimed to examine the impact of rupture events on the quality of the therapeutic alliance during counseling sessions. Using a linguistic corpus of mock counseling transcripts and video recorded sessions of expert counselors, the researchers utilized Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count software to analyze the content. Results revealed that the use of third-person singular pronouns and certainty words differed significantly between withdrawal and mixed rupture corpuses compared to a confrontation rupture corpus. Additionally, positive emotion words and discrepancy words differed significantly between a rupture-infused psychotherapy corpus and a general psychotherapy corpus. These findings have important implications for counseling and research on how therapists can navigate rupture events and improve the quality of the therapeutic alliance.
Read the research: Psycholinguistic Markers of Therapeutic Rupture Types