Co-experiencing psychotherapy explained in a dialogue
Co-experiencing psychotherapy was developed in Russia by Fyodor Vasilyuk and his colleagues after an impactful encounter with Carl Rogers. Through an interview with Jeffrey Cornelius-White, with Fedor Shankov serving as translator and later contributor after Vasilyuk’s death, the ideology and methodology of co-experiencing psychotherapy is explored. Fyodor Vasilyuk addresses the phenomenology of co-experiencing therapy as well as its relationship to both cultural-historical psychology and person-centered psychotherapy. He describes the concepts of his approach as well as the importance of the synchronous relationship between the client and therapist in overcoming crises along with a comparison of other anthropological practices’ conceptualizations of human experiences. The interview closes with Shankov’s accounts of personal experiences with Vasilyuk, honoring his legacy of creativity as a person, bravery to live daringly, and for developing a humanistic approach founded on Russian psychological traditions.
Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education
Co-experiencing, experiential therapy, Fyodor Vasilyuk, interview, person-centered approach, Rogers, Vygotsky
Vasilyuk, Fyodor, Jeffrey Cornelius-White, and Fedor Shankov. "Co-experiencing psychotherapy explained in a dialogue." Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies 18, no. 2 (2019): 166-179.
Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies