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Title: A portfolio of academic, therapeutic practice and research work : including an investigation of : 'closing the gap' : personal meanings among psychotherapists working with clients with long-term health conditions.
Author: Crossley, Isabelle A.
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2013
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Background: While there is a substantial body of research on clients' experiences of chronic illness. there is a dearth of qualitative research examining chronic illness from practitioners' perspectives. Aims and Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore how practitioners make sense of clients' long-tern conditions. The objective was to develop a better understanding of Long-term conditions from the perspective of psychotherapists. For this purpose the research asked: How do psychotherapists make sense of their clients' long-term conditions? Method: Five female therapists who had worked with people with long-term conditions for a range of 3-27 years were interviewed. Data was analysed using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis approach. Results: Two superordinate themes emerged from the data analysis: No 'them' and 'us' and Redrawing boundaries. Participants in this study anchored their of their clients' experiences and of their therapeutic work by drawing similarities between themselves and their clients and non–health-related distinctions with other client groups. Conclusions: Dealing with chronic conditions in a psychotherapeutic context is a process that requires psychotherapists' understanding of their clients' experiences and of their . therapeutic work together. This study elucidated some psychological and therapeutic processes relevant to practitioners working with people with long-term health conditions
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Psych.D) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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