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Title: The experience of 'burnout' in counselling psychologists
Author: Alfrey, Lisa
ISNI:       0000 0004 5360 3315
Awarding Body: University of Wales
Current Institution: Regent's University London
Date of Award: 2014
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From 2011 to 2012, 1.1 million workers were impacted by work related stress, lack of professional support and bullying (Health and Safety Executive, 2013). "Burnout" is not easily defined but it can be described as a phenomenon that affects both the personal and professional dimensions of an individual's life. This study investigates counselling psychologists' experience and management of "burnout" using the qualitative method of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Six qualified counselling psychologists from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States of America were interviewed via telephone. The three main themes that were found are: (1) "batteries run out" which includes the physical and emotional effects, as well as the disillusionment of the reality of the profession, (2) "Prisoner of an eroding system" describes the professional dimension of the experience such as locus of control, effect on client work, boundaries and values, and (3) "Recharging the batteries" which gives an insight into how the participants managed their experience, such as their personal view of "burnout", the issue of reclaiming their space and time, as well as the role of support. Overall, there was an underlying sense that the participants wanted to be taken care of by others but were unable to ask for help. The relevance of this study to the field of Counselling Psychology is discussed in relation to theory and professional practise. The limitations and shortcomings of this investigation are highlighted and suggestions for future research are made.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Counseling Psychologists