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In studying the process of psychotherapy, detailed and reliable methods of describing the components are required. Such a method for content analysis of brief psychotherapy sessions is described. It is comprehensive and has satisfactory inter‐rater reliability. It proved to have predictive validity in that it identified characteristics of the treatment approach, and most of the changes in therapeutic activity during the course of treatment, that had been predicted beforehand. In addition, similar patterns in the use of therapeutic strategies were found for therapists from different professional backgrounds trained in the same treatment approach. This method of analysis is recommended for future studies of content of psychotherapeutic treatments, including investigations of the relationship between content of treatment and outcome. 1982 The British Psychological Society

Original publication

DOI

10.1111/j.2044-8341.1982.tb01495.x

Type

Journal article

Journal

British Journal of Medical Psychology

Publication Date

01/01/1982

Volume

55

Pages

167 - 176