Matchmaking in psychotherapy: patient-therapist dimensions and their impact on outcome. Academic Article uri icon


  • Patient-therapist matching was investigated using recent theoretical and methodological developments to overcome some of the limitations that have hindered similar past efforts. Two hypotheses were tested: (a) Therapeutic outcome is affected by the interaction between patients' and therapists' self-concepts, and (b) increasing anticomplementarity between therapist self-concept and therapists' perceptions of patients' behavior is negatively associated with patient improvement. Data from the first 2 cohorts of the Vanderbilt II Psychotherapy Project were analyzed. They included the therapies of 16 experienced therapists, who saw a total of 48 patients (38 women and 10 men) in time-limited psychotherapy. Patients' ages ranged from 24 to 64 years (M age = 40). Outcome was measured from the perspective of the patient, therapist, and evaluating clinician. Each hypothesis was supported, but not across all 3 outcome perspectives.

published proceedings

  • J Consult Clin Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Talley, P. F., Strupp, H. H., & Morey, L. C.

citation count

  • 31

complete list of authors

  • Talley, PF||Strupp, HH||Morey, LC

publication date

  • April 1990