The experience of counsellors/psychotherapists working with clients/patients who believe themselves to be infertile

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90358
Title:
The experience of counsellors/psychotherapists working with clients/patients who believe themselves to be infertile
Authors:
Cygler, Annie
Abstract:
With the advances in the science and medicine surrounding assisted reproduction there is a related increase in the understanding of psychological aspects of infertility. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority states in the Act of 1990 that counselling should be provided for those undergoing treatment in licensed clinics. This study is an exploration of the experience of counsellors working with clients who consider themselves to be infertile. The data gathered by interviewing counsellors working in infertility was analysed using the Grounded Theory method (Glaser & Strauss 1967). Four main categories emerged: 1) Infertility counsellors’ experience of their practice; 2) Infertility counsellors’ experience of self; 3) infertility counselling as a learning experience; 4) Past experience as reflected in the role of counsellors in infertility. This led the research to a core ‘truth’ that counsellors working in infertility are ‘self-determined, independent and self contained in their practice’. The focus of this study is on the experience understood by the counsellors of and in their practice. Merleau-Ponty (1945) advocates that because we are so immersed in our actual experience we have difficulty in grasping meaning from it. This research is an attempt to do so.
Issue Date:
2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90358
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorCygler, Annieen
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-22T10:48:50Z-
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dc.date.issued2004-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90358-
dc.description.abstractWith the advances in the science and medicine surrounding assisted reproduction there is a related increase in the understanding of psychological aspects of infertility. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority states in the Act of 1990 that counselling should be provided for those undergoing treatment in licensed clinics. This study is an exploration of the experience of counsellors working with clients who consider themselves to be infertile. The data gathered by interviewing counsellors working in infertility was analysed using the Grounded Theory method (Glaser & Strauss 1967). Four main categories emerged: 1) Infertility counsellors’ experience of their practice; 2) Infertility counsellors’ experience of self; 3) infertility counselling as a learning experience; 4) Past experience as reflected in the role of counsellors in infertility. This led the research to a core ‘truth’ that counsellors working in infertility are ‘self-determined, independent and self contained in their practice’. The focus of this study is on the experience understood by the counsellors of and in their practice. Merleau-Ponty (1945) advocates that because we are so immersed in our actual experience we have difficulty in grasping meaning from it. This research is an attempt to do so.en
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dc.subjectCounsellingen
dc.subjectPsychotherapyen
dc.subjectInfertilityen
dc.subjectGrounded Theoryen
dc.titleThe experience of counsellors/psychotherapists working with clients/patients who believe themselves to be infertileen
dc.typeThesisen
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