Existential time-limited therapy: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of existential counselling psychologists and psychotherapists providing therapy in time-limited contexts

Ioannou, Argyro (2017) Existential time-limited therapy: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of existential counselling psychologists and psychotherapists providing therapy in time-limited contexts. Other thesis, Middlesex University.

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Abstract

This dissertation explores the experience of existential counselling psychologists and psychotherapists providing time-limited therapy. Ten participants were interviewed, using semi-structured interviews, focusing on the emotions, meaning-making processes and attitudes that constitute their experience. The material was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis - IPA. Five superordinate themes were identified, highlighting the main constituents of the experience of existential therapists in time-limited settings: the experience of time-limitation, the experience of ending, the experience of the therapeutic process, attitudes towards time-limited therapy and support systems. Existing literature on time-limited therapy and the existential approach was utilised to shed light on the results and to reach a better understanding of the implications that this study has on the existential approach, supervisory and training settings, and counselling psychology. It is suggested that existential time-limited therapy is particularly relevant for the widespread provision of time-limited therapies, and its application is based on three main values: the philosophical value, the relational value and the holistic value. The importance of support systems for therapists providing existential time-limited therapy, in the form of supervision and training, was also highlighted, with reference to the particular challenges and opportunities that such a work entails. Finally, the contribution of this study to the division of Counselling Psychology, and the necessity for such a research in order to safeguard the division’s values, promote its pluralistic identity, and provide ethical and competent services to those in need, is also presented.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
B. > Theses
C. Collaborative Partners > New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC)
Item ID: 21954
Depositing User: Vimal Shah
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 15:01
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2018 12:50
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21954

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