Constructing Nonagency at the Beginning of Psychotherapy : The 10DT model
Toivonen, H., Wahlström, J., & Kurri, K. (2019). Constructing Nonagency at the Beginning of Psychotherapy : The 10DT model. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 32 (2), 160-180. doi:10.1080/10720537.2018.1433088
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This study examined how nine clients discursively constructed non-agency in their first session of individual psychotherapy. With open reading and linguistic analysis of the transcribed first sessions, combined with theory-based considerations, we created a model of discursive means for ascribing agentic and non-agentic positions, the 10 Discursive Tools model (10DT). There was large variability in how the tools functioned to create the impression of problematic agency, and the clients could not be classified according to their tool use patterns. The study shows the potential of the 10DT model for the detailed examination of presentations of “not-being-able” produced by psychotherapy clients.