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Title: Experience of distress and use of psychological therapy : perspectives from users of an IAPT service
Author: Baddeley, Amy
ISNI:       0000 0004 5352 3788
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2014
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This study explored the experiences of people who attended therapy at an IAPT service. It focussed on how distress has been understood by people who have had this experience, and how this understanding in turn shapes their experience of psychological therapy. Individual, semi-structured interviews were carried out with nine individuals who had completed High Intensity therapy at an IAPT service. The data was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, generating three themes: “Looking to my self”, exploring identity and emotional world; “The role of others”, exploring experience of distress in the context of relationships; and “’Outside forces’: Contextual influences on the experience of distress”. The analysis suggested that participants made sense of their distress in varying and complex ways, with implications for their experience of therapy. Findings are discussed with relation to the existing literature, and implications for clinical practice are suggested.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Prof.) Qualification Level: Doctoral