Rate of speech and emotional-cognitive regulation in the psychotherapeutic process: a pilot study

  • Marco Tonti Faculty of Psychotherapy Sciences, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria.
  • Omar C.G. Gelo | omar.gelo@unisalento.it Faculty of Psychotherapy Sciences, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria; Department of History, Society e Human Studies, University of Salento, Lecce,, Italy.

Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between a client’s rate of speech (ROS) and emotional-cognitive regulation during a psychotherapy session. The ROS was measured in words per second on the timed transcript of a single session of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Emotional-cognitive regulation was assessed using the therapeutic cycles model on emotional tone (ET), abstraction (AB), and their combination in emotion-abstraction patterns (EAPs). The results were mostly consistent with our hypotheses and showed that: i) the ROS negatively correlated with the conjoined ET and AB; and ii) the ROS in the connecting EAP (high ET and high AB) was significantly lower than in other EAPs. The results support the hypothesis that a significant reduction in the client’s ROS may be a reliable marker of in-session change processes. Clinical implications and future developments are discussed.

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2016-10-19
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Computer-assisted text analysis, Rate of speech, Therapeutic Cycles Model, Emotional-cognitive regulation, Psychotherapy process
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Tonti, M., & Gelo, O. C. (2016). Rate of speech and emotional-cognitive regulation in the psychotherapeutic process: a pilot study. Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, 19(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/ripppo.2016.232