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A. In cognitive psychotherapy, the patient and doctor share in the responsibility for setting goals and agendas, giving and receiving feedback, and putting CBT methods into action in everyday life. Additionally, the doctor and patient target problematic thought and behaviors which are scrutinized empirically to discover opportunities for increased rationally, symptom relief, and improved personal effectiveness.
B. Psychodynamic psychotherapy, the attitude in the therapeutic alliance is the cultivation of observing ego and theory of mind. The doctor seeks to encourage the patient to be self-reflective regarding feelings, desires and motives for behavior. This includes age appropriate development of the awareness that one can only imperfectly know the minds of others.
C. The role of psychotherapy, whether psychodynamic or cognitive-behavioral, is very much a coaching role. The doctor/coach is a knowledgeable practitioner who can observe the patient/player new ways of playing in the game of life. Standing by as an advisor while the work of self-observation, empirical self study, or interpersonal relating.
D. The bringing of old relational experiences to the new relationship with the doctor is called "transference." The "real relationship" and the "transferential relationship" are two different lenses through which the therapist may peer in order to understand the patient. The patient's response to the real relationship is inevitably colored with transference as the patient must in some way bring prior experiences and the assumptions they generate to this new experience.