Client-centred group therapy for survivors of interpersonal trauma: A pilot investigation

Alexandra Payne, Helen Liebling-Kalifani, Stephen Joseph

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Group therapy for trauma survivors provides an opportunity to share experiences with others in a supportive environment. Client-centred groups have received very little attention as a way of working with traumatised people. Such groups promise to promote psychological growth following trauma. In this paper we present pilot data from a client-centred group of six survivors of interpersonal violence who were experiencing complex posttraumatic stress reactions. Results suggested that those who perceived the presence of empathic listening within the group therapy sessions benefited from the group, showing greater positive changes. Clinical implications for working with trauma survivors, methodological considerations and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-105
Number of pages6
JournalCounselling and Psychotherapy Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2007


  • client-centred therapy
  • group treatment
  • interpersonal trauma
  • Posttraumatic stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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