What are the possible effects, if any, on psychotherapists/counsellors working with young people who self harm?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90366
Title:
What are the possible effects, if any, on psychotherapists/counsellors working with young people who self harm?
Authors:
Wheeler, Sue
Abstract:
This study seeks to identify the possible effects, if any, on psychotherapists/counsellors working with young people who self harm. The literature search located many articles about self-harm but highlighted the lack of literature in the psychotherapy/counselling world, addressing self harm and the effects on therapists in particular. A qualitative method, Moustakas modification of Van Kaam’s transcendental phenomenological research method was chosen for this study, seeking the essence of the experience of psychotherapists/counsellors working with young people who self-harm. Seven research participants, working as therapists in educational institutions, were interviewed and the main themes arising from the study were: the importance given to the role of support for the psychotherapist/counsellor; the role of referrals; the implications of working in an educational establishment; and the anxiety and fear raised in psychotherapists/counsellors, working with young people who self harm. The label self-harm became more problematic as the study progressed. Moreover the researcher became aware of the possible effect of self-harm as an emotive label on participants, giving rise to ‘defensive’ findings such as more support and specialist training, in addition to individual experiences such as anxiety and fear. The study concludes that there are significant effects on the psychotherapist/counsellor from working with young people who self-harm and that therapist anxiety and other effects have an impact on the therapeutic relationship and on whether the patient is referred to adolescent mental health or other psychiatric services.
Issue Date:
2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90366
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorWheeler, Sueen
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-22T10:50:57Z-
dc.date.available2010-01-22T10:50:57Z-
dc.date.issued2005-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90366-
dc.description.abstractThis study seeks to identify the possible effects, if any, on psychotherapists/counsellors working with young people who self harm. The literature search located many articles about self-harm but highlighted the lack of literature in the psychotherapy/counselling world, addressing self harm and the effects on therapists in particular. A qualitative method, Moustakas modification of Van Kaam’s transcendental phenomenological research method was chosen for this study, seeking the essence of the experience of psychotherapists/counsellors working with young people who self-harm. Seven research participants, working as therapists in educational institutions, were interviewed and the main themes arising from the study were: the importance given to the role of support for the psychotherapist/counsellor; the role of referrals; the implications of working in an educational establishment; and the anxiety and fear raised in psychotherapists/counsellors, working with young people who self harm. The label self-harm became more problematic as the study progressed. Moreover the researcher became aware of the possible effect of self-harm as an emotive label on participants, giving rise to ‘defensive’ findings such as more support and specialist training, in addition to individual experiences such as anxiety and fear. The study concludes that there are significant effects on the psychotherapist/counsellor from working with young people who self-harm and that therapist anxiety and other effects have an impact on the therapeutic relationship and on whether the patient is referred to adolescent mental health or other psychiatric services.en
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dc.subjectCounsellingen
dc.subjectPsychotherapyen
dc.subjectSelf Harmen
dc.subjectAdolescentsen
dc.titleWhat are the possible effects, if any, on psychotherapists/counsellors working with young people who self harm?en
dc.typeThesisen
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