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On Reading Dr. Kumano's and Dr. McLeod's Commentaries

Kayoko Murase


I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to read commentaries by non-Japanese and Japanese commentators and reflect back on both this case and on the basic principles of psychotherapy. Both commentators (McLeod, 2015 and Kumano, 2015) picked up profound themes such as therapist’s way of being, the relationship with the client, understanding the client and his experiential world, the use of drawing as a technique, and the succession of cultural tradition of psychotherapy, offering many valuable suggestions through this dialogue on the case of Mr. R.  I responded to Dr. Kumano on his questions about how I assessed data from numerous data sources and on what basis I decided to introduce the drawing method. In response to Dr. McLeod’s questions, I touched on presence as the therapist’s basic stance, therapeutic goals, supervision, mutual portrait drawing, and assessment of client attachment. Finally, I concluded my response by laying out the basic principles of psychotherapy. 

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