Sustaining and Utilizing a Relationship

The Ecology of Therapy and Its Participants
  • Forrest B. Tyler
  • Deborah Ridley Brome
  • Janice E. Williams
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


In the previous chapter we noted that when we think in terms of human ecology we are trying to encompass the totality of relations between people and their environments, internal and external. Our central theme throughout this chapter will be that ecosystem realities continue as part of the interaction between the individuals involved in sustaining and using a therapeutic relationship. The therapist and the client form a new, somewhat unique ecosystem as the basis for having a constructive therapeutic exchange. Nevertheless, their new relationship will exist in and embody the context of their own ethnic ecosystems and the relationship between those systems. For that reason we begin this chapter by sketching out the general nature of our involvement in sustaining and using relationships in our lives quite independently of the therapeutic context.


Therapeutic Relationship Internal Reality Ethnic Heritage Chinese American Woman Female Autonomy 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Forrest B. Tyler
    • 1
  • Deborah Ridley Brome
    • 2
  • Janice E. Williams
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.University of MassachusettsBostonUSA
  3. 3.Morehouse School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Stanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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