Therapist Affect Phobia Study

Kristin A.R. Osborn Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Kristin A. R. Osborn,LMHC was trained by Dr. Leigh McCullough, PhD, founder of Affect Phobia Therapy (APT), and then trained others on her behalf. She founded the Certified APT™-Training Program in 2009 and presents internationally, offering ongoing training in Boston, London, Stockholm and Amsterdam. She is an Associate in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is the Director of HMS Psychotherapy Research Program.

Katie Aafjes-van Doorn PhD. Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology

Katie Aafjes-van Doorn, DClinPsy completed her doctorate at University of Oxford and is now an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University in New York. She is a psychotherapy researcher and clinician and functions as associate editor for the journal of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. She is also a psychoanalytic fellow at the American Psychoanalytic Association and active on several research committees.

Chip Cooper Associate professor of Psychology

Joseph Cooper, PhD LPC is an Associate professor of Psychology in the Department of Counseling at Marymount University in Arlington, VA and former faculty member and co-chair of the Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Training Program (ISTDP) at the Washington School of Psychiatry.

Jenny S Svebeck licenced psychotherapist and Supervisor

Jenny S Svebeck is a licensed psychotherapist, supervisor and teacher in psychotherapy. She is also a IEDTA certified psychotherapist in APT and has three years of CORE training with Kristin Osborn. Jenny has her own clinic providing psychotherapy and supervision.

Jonathan Egan

Jonathan Egan Deputy Director - Doctor of Psychological Science Programme

Dr Jonathan Egan is the Deputy Director of the Doctor of Psychological Science Programme in Clinical Psychology at the National University of Ireland in Galway.He has researched care-giver burden and burnout in professional therapists and non-professionals care-givers since 2000.

The individual therapist has a considerable impact on the therapeutic alliance and the effect of treatment, above and beyond treatment technique and therapy modality (Wampold & Imel, 2015). However, we know little about how the therapist`s personal functioning may impact professional role performance (Nissen, et al., 2017). Within experiential dynamic therapy (EDT) training there has been a longstanding focus on teaching psychotherapists to be more aware of their own countertransferences and affect phobias (Osborn & Bhatia, 2016).

The overall aim of this pilot study is to explore how therapists` activating and inhibitory affects change over time and how these changes contribute to training outcome and ultimately treatment outcome. More specifically, we aim to (a) track significant changes that occur in therapists` affect experiencing as they progress through their EDT training program, (b) to identify possible change in therapists` attachment style, mindfulness, self-compassion, coping strategies and professional doubt following the training program, and (c) to provide therapists in training with an opportunity to periodically reflect on their professional progress as an EDT therapist.

The Therapist Affect Phobia Study is designed to assist trainees in their personal and professional development as clinician/researchers. Trainees are not required to participate with the study, but we’ve found that most trainees find the process of research beneficial to their overall training experience. Trainees have to review the Therapist Affect Phobia Study Info. Sheet, sign the Therapist Affect Phobia Contract and fill out the Initial Survey for the first weekend of training and then the Follow Up Survey for every other weekend.
Read this information sheet to learn more about the Therapist Affect Phobia Study

Read this information sheet to learn more about the Therapist Affect Phobia Study

Therapist Affect Phobia Info Sheet

Read this form, sign it and bring it to your first training.

If you are a participant in the Therapist Affect Phobia Study then you will need to fill this survey out before the first weekend. 
Initial Survey 

If you are a participant in the Therapist Affect Phobia Study then you will need to fill this survey out before each weekend (after the first one). 
Follow Up Survey 

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