A Tape Recorder as a Therapeutic “Witness” in the Treatment of an 8-Year-Old Girl
Article first published online: 14 SEP 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 68, Issue 11, pages 1216–1224, November 2012
How to Cite
Tuber, S. and Seckin, B. (2012), A Tape Recorder as a Therapeutic “Witness” in the Treatment of an 8-Year-Old Girl. J. Clin. Psychol., 68: 1216–1224. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21921
- Issue published online: 12 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 14 SEP 2012
- child psychotherapy;
- play therapy;
- childhood aggression;
- tape-recording sessions
A tape-recorded session of an early moment in an 8-year-old girl's psychotherapy experience is presented. The use of the recording device is immediately taken up by the child as a means of creating a “witness” for her depiction of both intensely distorted experiences of her therapist and poignant portrayals of her life as miserable and despairing. A discussion of both the process and the content generated from the use of the tape recorder is described, with implications drawn as to its effectiveness in the therapeutic process.