Hypotheses in Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (conversational model)
Hypotheses in Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy refer to what the therapist says to test out understanding of how a client feels, how feelings are linked, and possible reasons why the client experiences those feelings.
Understanding hypotheses are statements which refer to how the therapist imagines the client is feeling; based on cues, put tentatively as statements and consist of guesses about the other person.
Linking hypotheses are making links between present feelings and other feelings both inside and outside therapy.
Explanatory hypotheses are looking for possible underlying reasons for a client's behaviour, and based on a considerable amount of information. They usually relate to a repeated pattern of behaviour.
Hypotheses are ways of promoting exploration and understanding of client's feelings in relationships, and are presented in ways which leaves them open to modification (testing).