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Subject/Keyword
Psychotherapy
Psychotherapeutic Relationship
Benefits of Psychotherapy
Client Outcomes
Psychotherapy Effectiveness
Qualitative
Client Perspectives
Client Expectations
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Ross, Marjorie K
Supervisor and department
Dr. Derek Truscott, Educational Psychology
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Carol Leroy, Education
Dr. Alexander Clark, Nursing
Dr. Elizabeth Nutt Williams, Psychology
Dr. Denise Larsen, Educational Psychology
Dr. Jacqueline Pei, Educational Psychology
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization
Counselling Psychology
Date accepted
2017-01-13T15:18:54Z
Graduation date
2017-06:Spring 2017
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
Psychotherapy has been found to be highly effective, and yet we are still learning why. We do not know much about what is significant for clients about their therapy experiences, or how they may benefit from therapy in unexpected ways. Using an interpretive phenomenological analysis methodology, this investigation sought to answer the question, “What are clients’ experiences of benefitting from therapy in unanticipated ways?” Six participants were recruited through purposive sampling from a counselling centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Participants were interviewed individually using semi-structured, open-ended questions that served to explore the phenomenon of experiencing unanticipated outcomes from counselling, and the significance of these experiences. Four main themes emerged from participant descriptions that encompassed this phenomenological experience including: (1) having a supportive therapeutic relationship; (2) growing; (3) engaging more in life; and (4) going beyond the problem. The results are discussed in terms of both psychotherapy processes and outcomes. They also serve to help us understand positive changes that can result from psychotherapy, beyond those targeted within sessions. As the first study to explore this phenomenon, the results are useful for better understanding how clients make use of therapy and provide avenues for future research.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3S46HJ5F
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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