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Title: The experience of supervision for integrative coach-therapist practitioners : an interpretative phenomenological analysis
Author: Christmas, S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 9349 1223
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2019
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This study aimed to explore the experience of supervision for integrative coach- therapist practitioners. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five integrative coach-therapists. An interpretative phenomenological analysis was utilised. The analysis created three distinct superordinate themes: 1) Bifurcation and arbitrary lines, 2) Detective work and 3) A conscious sense of belonging. Each of these overarching themes was supported by a number of subordinate themes that encapsulate the particularities and complexities of the integrative coach-therapist experience. One of the key findings of the study was that there appeared to be both similarities and differences for integrative coach-therapists when compared with the general literature on supervision experience. A similarity to previous research findings was the relational difficulties highlighted by the supervision literature. For example: power dynamics, supervisee anxiety and boundary issues were present in the participants’ experience. However, a key divergence, was a finding encapsulated by the superordinate theme “A conscious sense of belonging”. This finding suggests that the integrative coach-therapist practitioners have their own unique needs in supervision and these needs are integral to their professional identity. These findings suggest that integrative coach-therapists face challenges and complex relationships in their supervisory encounters. However, the practitioners also see great potential for supervision to help foster their professional identity. These insights into practitioners’ experience of supervision highlight avenues for future research. Further qualitative enquiry into particular topic areas was illuminated, such as group supervision and supervisor experience. An important implication for counselling psychology practice is that individual integrative coach-therapists may experience supervision differently, precisely because of how they integrate practice. Given counselling psychology’s interest in pluralistic practice, the discipline is thus in a unique position to engage with the development of contemporary integrative practices, such as integrative coach-therapy.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Prof.Couns.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral