In this project, we analyze how therapists, patients, and interpreters collectively build the therapeutic relationship over the course of therapy. For instance, we examine the verbal and nonverbal communicative means participants use to establish, gain, and negotiate trust and empathy.

In the project, we addressed research questions such as:

  1. How does trust develop in therapy mediated by an interpreter?
  2. How do ruptures in the therapeutic relationship affect the trust among the three interaction partners, and how are they interactively managed?
  3. How is empathy communicated in this setting?
  4. How are nonverbal communication tools (eye contact, gestures) used to support the establishment and management of trust in the therapeutic relationship?