A sanctuary of tranquillity in a ruptured world: evaluating long-term counselling at a women’s community health centre

Ciclitira, Karen, Starr, Fiona, Payne, Nicola ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5885-9801, Clarke, Lisa and Marzano, Lisa (2017) A sanctuary of tranquillity in a ruptured world: evaluating long-term counselling at a women’s community health centre. Feminism & Psychology, 27 (4) . pp. 530-552. ISSN 0959-3535 (doi:10.1177/0959353516685344)

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The longitudinal study described in this article evaluated long-term counselling provided at a women’s health centre in the UK for service users on low incomes. The article focuses on the qualitative aspect of the study in which 59 women were interviewed individually before and/or after their counselling. The interviews explored how women make sense of long-term counselling in the context of their gendered experiences and complex needs. The data were analysed using thematic analysis informed by a feminist orientation and attachment theory. Four main themes emerged:‘violence and loss in the context of female oppression’, ‘a sanctuary for women’, ‘non-medicalised long-term counselling in a safe setting’, and ‘benefits of the long view’. Participants attributed various benefits to receiving long-term counselling in a women-only environment. These included gaining employment; reduced suicidal ideation, anxiety and depression; improved physical health, improved confidence and being able to make positive changes in their relationships. The women interviewed post-counselling valued long term-counselling in this context, in contrast to short-term therapy in a medicalised environment. Wider implications with regards to clinical practice and research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: January 25, 2017
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 21100
Notes on copyright: Karen Ciclitira, Fiona Starr, Nicky Payne, Lisa Clarke, Lisa Marzano, A sanctuary of tranquillity in a ruptured world: Evaluating long-term counselling at a women’s community health centre, Feminism & Psychology, Vol 27, Issue 4, pp. 530 - 552. Copyright © 2017 (The Author(s)). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2017 18:08
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2020 02:39
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21100

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