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Title: An enquiry into counselling psychologists' experience of perceived failure within the therapeutic setting
Author: Liu, Kin Yee
Awarding Body: University of Wales
Current Institution: Regent's University London
Date of Award: 2013
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Aim: The aim of this study is to capture, describe and explore the Counselling Psychologist’s experience of perceived failure related to their therapeutic work setting. Method: Six working counselling psychologists were interviewed using a semi-structured interview. Interview transcripts were analysed using the qualitative methodology of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Findings: Four main themes emerged: The meaning of failure is subjective, impact of perceived failure, therapeutic use of perceived failure and learning from perceived failure. Conclusion: The findings of this study indicate that what constitutes a perceived failure is based on counselling psychologists internally evaluating their impact on therapeutic encounters. Most importantly, counselling psychologists should be willing and open to admitting their own failures, and make positive associations. The experience of perceived failure is valuable for professional and personal growth, it is crucial throughout the career of a counselling psychologist; you need to fail if you are to learn and avoid failure in the future.
Supervisor: Adams, Martin Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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