Counselling, Psychotherapy and the concept of health: An exploration

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90344
Title:
Counselling, Psychotherapy and the concept of health: An exploration
Authors:
Thomas, Diana
Abstract:
What are our ideas about health, the individual and society as a profession? Do the different theoretical approaches to helping people share similar ideas about what it means to be healthy? How often are these questioned and what are the underlying assumptions/discourses that shape a counsellor/psychotherapist’s practice and language in psychotherapy? This paper seeks to deconstruct some of the health narratives implicit in the discourses of counselling and in the ideas about health that are expressed by undergraduate students of the discipline ‘Where do we position ourselves as psychotherapists who no longer ‘know’? As Lowe says, how might psychotherapy’s conversational repertoire be different after postmodernism? Are we still caught up in notions of progress and theoretical constructs, or trapped in a limbo like state of questioning and self doubt between the ‘no longer’ and the ‘not yet’ (Lowe 1999 in Parker 1999:71) Three groups of undergraduate students from diploma courses for person centred and psychodynamically orientated counselling at the University of Surrey took part in group interviews. The question, ‘what does health mean to you personally in your experience and in your practice?’ generated a discussion which was taped and transcribed. The resulting texts were subjected to a discourse analysis which provided the basis for an exploration of modern and postmodern ideation in the health talk of counselling and psychotherapy.
Issue Date:
2002
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90344
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorThomas, Dianaen
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-22T10:49:17Z-
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dc.date.issued2002-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90344-
dc.description.abstractWhat are our ideas about health, the individual and society as a profession? Do the different theoretical approaches to helping people share similar ideas about what it means to be healthy? How often are these questioned and what are the underlying assumptions/discourses that shape a counsellor/psychotherapist’s practice and language in psychotherapy? This paper seeks to deconstruct some of the health narratives implicit in the discourses of counselling and in the ideas about health that are expressed by undergraduate students of the discipline ‘Where do we position ourselves as psychotherapists who no longer ‘know’? As Lowe says, how might psychotherapy’s conversational repertoire be different after postmodernism? Are we still caught up in notions of progress and theoretical constructs, or trapped in a limbo like state of questioning and self doubt between the ‘no longer’ and the ‘not yet’ (Lowe 1999 in Parker 1999:71) Three groups of undergraduate students from diploma courses for person centred and psychodynamically orientated counselling at the University of Surrey took part in group interviews. The question, ‘what does health mean to you personally in your experience and in your practice?’ generated a discussion which was taped and transcribed. The resulting texts were subjected to a discourse analysis which provided the basis for an exploration of modern and postmodern ideation in the health talk of counselling and psychotherapy.en
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dc.subjectCounsellingen
dc.subjectPsychotherapyen
dc.subjectHealthen
dc.subjectDiscourse Analysisen
dc.titleCounselling, Psychotherapy and the concept of health: An explorationen
dc.typeThesisen
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