Therapists' experiences after ending personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy
Literature review: This review explores the literature on clients' retrospective accounts of their therapy, looking at satisfaction with services, both short and long-term changes reported and factors found helpful and unhelpful in therapy. There are many factors that seem to be common to clients' experiences regardless of the type of therapy they received, although there is limited evidence that some specific factors are important too. Clients' views of therapy also appear to vary according to the time point at which they are measured. However, future work needs to be less theory driven and concentrate more on including clients in the research process in order to decrease constraints on their accounts. Research report: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of therapists' experiences after ending psychoanalytic psychotherapy. A sample of eight therapists who finished therapy at least two years ago was interviewed about their experiences. Four master themes were identified including 'Therapy Stays with Me', 'Personal Growth', 'Life and Therapy Becoming Interwoven' and 'Contrasting Information'. Associated sub-themes were also outlined and their relationship to the literature and implications for clinical practice were discussed. Critical Appraisal: This section gives a commentary on the processes of planning and undertaking the research, including personal reflections on learning and experience within this.