Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa
Print version ISSN 0102-3772
GOMES, William Barbosa and CASTRO, Thiago Gomes de. Phenomenological clinic: from research method to the psychotherapeutic practice. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.spe, pp.81-93. ISSN 0102-3772. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-37722010000500007.
Phenomenological clinic is defined as the influence of Husserl's method upon psychological treatments. This paper addresses: (1) the philosophy of the concept of existence, defined as taking care of oneself, and of the phenomenological method, defined as the study of consciousness; (2) the controversial transformations undergone by the phenomenological method to analyze the existence; and (3) the extension of the existential analysis to psychotherapy as phenomenological clinic. The study contrasts descriptions of the existential therapeutic process from 1958 to 2007. As for empirical evidences, the traditional resistance is still present, but with some opening. Moreover, research findings are favorable. The historical interpretation indicates that the phenomenological method is losing focus and the existential analysis is moving towards a more integrated psychotherapeutic approach.
Keywords : clinic; phenomenology; existence; method; history of psychology.