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Title: How do existential-phenomenologically trained Counselling Psychologists experience working with dreams? : an interpretative phenomenological analysis
Author: Smith, Richard
Awarding Body: University of Wales
Current Institution: Regent's University London
Date of Award: 2013
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There appears to be a dearth of research into the experience of existential-phenomenological Counselling Psychologists when working with dreams in therapeutic practice. This study is an attempt to bridge this gap in current understanding through a systematic use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. During this study a great deal of underlying commonalities and to a lesser degree, differences between the four participants were uncovered. The main commonalities in the participants’ experience of dreamwork were based around the focus on the relationship, staying close to the manifest content of the dream, caution in imposing the therapist’s own meaning, dream meanings as dynamic, dreams approached as metaphors, a general acceptance about a lack of structured existential-phenomenological dream model, dreams as means to foster insight and a widening of awareness. The participants’ experiences highlighted a tension between working existentially and integrating aspects from other therapeutic modalities such as Jungian and Gestalt oriented interventions. This study could provide Counselling Psychologists, particularly those trained to work within an existential-phenomenological framework, with ideas on how they might integrate dreamwork into their current therapeutic practice.
Supervisor: Cowie, Helen Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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