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Title: An analysis of Christians constructions of counselling and councellor seeking behaviours
Author: Greenridge, Sonia
ISNI:       0000 0004 2700 6859
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2010
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Research has shown that many Christians' hold a preference for seeking help from other Christian people, and counselling specifically with counsellors who are Christian when experiencing psychological distress. The current study aimed to broaden understanding of how Christian clients' constructions of help seeking and counselling affected their constructed experiences of seeking and working with counsellors who are Christian. Semi structured interviews were conducted with six Christian participants followed by a thematic analysis and a discourse analysis of the transcripts produced. The four main themes and three discourses are presented. The analysis demonstrated the importance of God and faith culture for Christian clients and how this significantly affected their help seeking and counselling constructions. It also offered insights in regards to power issues that are present between Christian clients and their counsellors. Gaining a broader understanding of how Christian clients' constructions of counselling affected their constructed experiences of help seeking was important to identify ways of increasing access to psychological therapies to increase the number of Christian clients that gain access to counselling, as well as increasing the efficacy of counselling experiences for this sociocultural group. This provided implications for practice which highlight the importance of counsellors deepening their understandings of clients' religiosity and individual expectations and preferences during their counselling experiences.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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