Women talking: Experiences of Counselling or Psychotherapy, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90435
Title:
Women talking: Experiences of Counselling or Psychotherapy, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Authors:
Armstrong, Carolyn
Abstract:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (often called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis [CFS/ME]) is an illness which causes distressing physical symptoms, which often severely disrupt a persons lifestyle. The aetiology of the disease is unclear and the research is not conclusive. It is an illness which is either seen as physical or psychological or one which contains elements of both. There is no known cure, and sufferers seek therapies traditional and complementary which may alleviate the symptoms. Counselling and Psychotherapy may be offered by support organisations or by the NHS as a way to help people ‘manage’ their illness and cope with the chronic nature of the fatigue. This research is based on data gathered from interviews with 5 women who had CFS/ME and were invited to talk about their experiences of ‘talking therapies’. The theoretical underpinnings stemmed from the Lacanian notion of language, taking into account feminist continental philosophy and the method of analysis was Discourse Analysis. CFS/ME is explored in the wider social context, before presenting the findings of the research. The emerging central themes of ‘Understanding’ and ‘Being Understood’ are illustrated with extracts from individual transcripts and the threads of similarity and difference between participants are identified. General consideration is given to the value of looking at CFS/ME from a feminist theoretical perspective and the implications of these with regard to Counselling and Psychotherapy are considered.
Issue Date:
1998
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90435
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Department of Psychology Collection

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dc.contributor.authorArmstrong, Carolynen
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-22T14:50:25Z-
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dc.date.issued1998-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90435-
dc.description.abstractChronic Fatigue Syndrome (often called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis [CFS/ME]) is an illness which causes distressing physical symptoms, which often severely disrupt a persons lifestyle. The aetiology of the disease is unclear and the research is not conclusive. It is an illness which is either seen as physical or psychological or one which contains elements of both. There is no known cure, and sufferers seek therapies traditional and complementary which may alleviate the symptoms. Counselling and Psychotherapy may be offered by support organisations or by the NHS as a way to help people ‘manage’ their illness and cope with the chronic nature of the fatigue. This research is based on data gathered from interviews with 5 women who had CFS/ME and were invited to talk about their experiences of ‘talking therapies’. The theoretical underpinnings stemmed from the Lacanian notion of language, taking into account feminist continental philosophy and the method of analysis was Discourse Analysis. CFS/ME is explored in the wider social context, before presenting the findings of the research. The emerging central themes of ‘Understanding’ and ‘Being Understood’ are illustrated with extracts from individual transcripts and the threads of similarity and difference between participants are identified. General consideration is given to the value of looking at CFS/ME from a feminist theoretical perspective and the implications of these with regard to Counselling and Psychotherapy are considered.en
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dc.subjectChronic Fatigue Syndromeen
dc.subjectCounselling and Psychotherapyen
dc.subjectDiscourse analysisen
dc.subjectClient experienceen
dc.titleWomen talking: Experiences of Counselling or Psychotherapy, and Chronic Fatigue Syndromeen
dc.typeThesisen
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