A heuristic investigation into trainee psychotherapists’ experiences of personal therapy

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90438
Title:
A heuristic investigation into trainee psychotherapists’ experiences of personal therapy
Authors:
Ashman, Vanessa
Abstract:
The necessity for personal therapy as a trainee psychotherapist is an issue that has been discussed over the years and continues to be a subject for debate. Whilst the advantages and disadvantages of personal therapy in training have been hypothesised, the research findings to support such claims have been mixed and the benefits are far from being universally accepted. This qualitative study looks at the experiences of eight psychotherapy trainees who undertook regular personal therapy as a compulsory part of the Msc in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Roehampton University, with the aim of establishing if it was felt to be an essential part of the training. It is hoped that the range of experiences reported will assist in raising awareness of future students when seeking or undergoing their own personal therapy. The research method chosen follows the Heuristic model as described by Moustakas (1990) as it allows for the free expression of reflective experience and requires the researcher to have a personal involvement in the phenomenon being studied. The retention of the individuality of experience was deemed to be an important feature of the method for this research. The advantages and limitations of the heuristic method are reviewed, with suggestions for improvement in future research. The research concludes with a discussion of the findings, revealing that, although both advantages and disadvantages were experienced, the overall opinion of personal therapy was that it was at least helpful and in several cases, was viewed as essential
Issue Date:
2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90438
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorAshman, Vanessaen
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dc.date.issued2005-
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dc.description.abstractThe necessity for personal therapy as a trainee psychotherapist is an issue that has been discussed over the years and continues to be a subject for debate. Whilst the advantages and disadvantages of personal therapy in training have been hypothesised, the research findings to support such claims have been mixed and the benefits are far from being universally accepted. This qualitative study looks at the experiences of eight psychotherapy trainees who undertook regular personal therapy as a compulsory part of the Msc in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Roehampton University, with the aim of establishing if it was felt to be an essential part of the training. It is hoped that the range of experiences reported will assist in raising awareness of future students when seeking or undergoing their own personal therapy. The research method chosen follows the Heuristic model as described by Moustakas (1990) as it allows for the free expression of reflective experience and requires the researcher to have a personal involvement in the phenomenon being studied. The retention of the individuality of experience was deemed to be an important feature of the method for this research. The advantages and limitations of the heuristic method are reviewed, with suggestions for improvement in future research. The research concludes with a discussion of the findings, revealing that, although both advantages and disadvantages were experienced, the overall opinion of personal therapy was that it was at least helpful and in several cases, was viewed as essentialen
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dc.subjectExperienceen
dc.subjectPersonal Therapyen
dc.subjectCounselling and Psychotherapyen
dc.subjectHeuristicsen
dc.subjectTraineeen
dc.titleA heuristic investigation into trainee psychotherapists’ experiences of personal therapyen
dc.typeThesisen
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