What happens to psychological depth in brief-term therapy with trainee therapists? Clients' experiences of therapy and the therapeutic relationship using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)

Evans, Maria Magdalena (2014) What happens to psychological depth in brief-term therapy with trainee therapists? Clients' experiences of therapy and the therapeutic relationship using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Other thesis, Middlesex University / Metanoia Institute.

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Abstract

The purpose of this doctoral research project was to explore the conscious and subconscious thoughts and feelings clients had about their experience of brief-term therapy and the therapeutic relationship. The methodology chosen was IPA because it examines in systematic detail the complex understandings from individuals’ making sense of a phenomenon. Face-to-face semi-structured interviews were conducted individually with 10 clients who had recently ended their therapy with trainee integrative practitioners at one low-cost counselling agency. To reach psychological depth, an ‘object-tray’ of miniature objects was used in each interview to facilitate access to clients’ intrapsychic and intersubjective processes, and to trigger metaphorical thinking. Findings detail a wide range of clients’ multi-faceted fears and thoughts, and reveal how these relate to client negativity, defensiveness and resistance. They demonstrate how clients were active in overcoming their fears (or not!) and illustrate how clients reflected upon their therapeutic relationships. This study also offers clients’ perceptions of various helpful interventions found to be therapeutically successful for reducing fears, and for facilitating psychological recovery and personal growth. The impact of this study could influence assessment procedures, and therapeutic practice and trainings by helping assessors and therapists develop their skills in demystifying therapy for clients and addressing client fears; it could also potentially help to understand the reasons for drop-outs. Furthermore, this study emphasises the need for therapists to obtain client feedback both early on and continually throughout the course of therapy and for therapists to work collaboratively according to clients’ needs and wants. However it must be recognised that, as this was small scale research carried out in one particular location, it is possible that another group of ex-client participants would have different sense-making narratives and another researcher might have responded differently in the interview process, perhaps drawing out different data with correspondingly different considerations.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Research Areas: C. Collaborative Partners > Metanoia Institute
B. > Theses
A. > School of Health and Education
Item ID: 14046
Depositing User: Users 3197 not found.
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2014 17:18
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 23:10
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14046

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