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Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Last Updated: September 2015

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Department of  Psychology                                                                                                                   


Professor, Department of Psychology

Selected Publications

Gelso, C. J. & Fretz, B. R. (2001). Counseling psychology (2nd ed). Fort Worth, Texas, Harcourt. (Third edition in preparation)

Gelso, C.J., & Woodhouse, S. (2003). Toward a positive psychotherapy: Focus on human strength. In W.B. Walsh (Ed.), Counseling psychology and optimal human functioning. (pp171-198). NY: Erlbaum.

Gelso, C.J. (2004). Countertransference and its management in brief dynamic therapy. In. D. Charman (Ed.), Core processes in brief dynamic psychotherapy. (pp. 231-250). NY: Erlbaum.

Mohr, J.J., Gelso, C. J., & Hill, C. E. (2005). Client and counselor-trainee attachment as predictors of session evaluation and countertransference behavior in first counseling sessions. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 52, 298-309.

Gelso, C. J. (2006). Applying theories to research: The interplay of theory and research in science. In F. Leong & J. Austin (Eds.), Psychology research handbook: A primer for graduate students and research assistants. (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Gelso, C. J. & Harbin, J. (2007). Insight, action, and the therapeutic relationship. In L. Castonguay & C. Hill (Eds.), Insight in psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Gelso, C. J. & Hayes, J. A. (2007). Countertransference and the therapist's inner experience: Perils and Possibilities. NJ: Erlbaum.

Gelso, C. J. & Samstag, L. W. (2008). A tripartite model of the therapeutic relationship. In S. Brown & R. Lent (Eds.), Handbook of Counseling Psychology (4th ed) (pp. 267-283). NY: Wiley.

Gelso, C. J. (2009). The real relationship in a post-modern world: Theoretical and empirical explorations. Psychotherapy Research, 19, 253-265.

Gelso, C. J. (2011). The real relationship in psychotherapy: The hidden foundation of change. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.

Contact Information

Office: 2147J BPS

E-mail: gelso@umd.edu

Phone: 301-405-5909


MS Florida State University

PhD Ohio State University

Research Interests

Research interests focus on the client-therapist relationship in psychotherapy and counseling, the process of psychotherapy, and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapy. Studies relational factors such as client transference, therapist countertransference, the therapeutic working alliance, and what may be termed the real or personal relationship in psychotherapy.