Psychosis and the use of a narrative style approach to therapy : a qualitative study of the experiences of clinician's
The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of Narrative Therapy with adults experiencing psychotic phenomena. The main aim of the project is to identify helpful and unhelpful aspects of the therapeutic interaction. It was found that research into the above topic is quite sparse, especially in the United Kingdom. Research identified has shown that Narrative Therapy can be used, with good effect, with people who experience psychosis. Research has also shown that a narrative approach has been shown to help rebuild a sense of agency and can assist in recovery from serious mental illness. It has been highlighted that more research needs to be carried out into the use of narrative therapy with adults who experience psychosis. The first paper in this thesis presents a selective review of the current literature around concepts of the self in psychosis. The review provides a critique of the current concepts and considers the therapeutic implications. The second paper is an empirical paper using a grounded theory approach to explore the experience of clinical psychologists using a narrative approach with adults who experience psychosis. The third paper is an empirical paper using a grounded theory approach to explore agents of change in a narrative style of therapy. The third paper is a reflective paper exploring the role of the 'medical model' in the treatment of people who experience psychosis.