Blame in Therapy

  • Vlad Beliavsky


I have argued that blame does not take a central place in the therapeutic practice, including Freud’s and Rogers’s approaches. That said, I do not want to say that the theme of blame is misplaced at all for psychotherapy. We will consider the distinction between different types of blame—in particular, between detached blame and affective blame—that can be brought up during therapy. Then we will examine the so-called rescue-blame trap and the ways to escape it. The trap refers to the situation when counselors fail to separate responsibility and blame. One consequence of this is that while believing in responsibility, counselors often become judgmental with their clients, which can undermine the therapeutic process.


Detached blame Affective blame Rescue-blame trap 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vlad Beliavsky
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  1. 1.Psychology, PhilosophyUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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