Abstract: TPS are often self-reported by therapists. However, therapists sometimes feel entrapped in situations without knowing how and why. The microanalysis of situations can further the research process, methodological rules of situationism are outlined. Five TPS – implementing a new evaluation or a new metaphor, the decay of multimodality in speaking, suicidality, ironically commenting the therapist’s professionalism - are presented in a detailed transcription. For two of them analysis of prosody is included. Solutions for a better handling of TPS are proposed. Finally, the role of clinical theories as “sensitizing” concepts is addressed.

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