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Therapist and patient, Women


Two areas which have received insufficient attention in the psychological research literature are gender-pair related issues in psychotherapy and the therapeutic relationship. A joint consideration of psychoanalytic and feminist theory suggests that the quality of intimacy established between women in psychotherapy will impact upon therapists' perceptions of relationship satisfaction and treatment outcome. In particular, the interrelated dimensions of nurturance and individuation are pointed to by the theoretical literature as salient in defining the nature of intimacy in the female/female therapy relationship.