Working with clients who engage in self-harming behaviour : experiences of a group of counsellors
Fox, Claudie. (2011) Working with clients who engage in self-harming behaviour : experiences of a group of counsellors. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, Vol.39 (No.1). pp. 41-51. ISSN 0306-9885Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2010.531383
This study aimed to explore the experiences of a group of counsellors regarding working with clients who engage in self-harming behaviour, in order to gain an understanding of what it is like to work with this client group. A series of six individual, semi-structured qualitative interviews were carried out, which were then transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. Counsellors’ experiences were characterised by a number of themes, including the nature of self-harm, in terms of severity and vividness of description, stopping self-harm, incorporating social norms and therapeutic outcome, and organisational issues around balancing expectations from the agency, managing risk, and the counsellors’ own working. Findings suggest that working with clients who self-harm raises significant challenges for counsellors in relation to organisational policy and/or context, the impact that working with this client group may have on the therapist themselves, while the issue of stopping self-harm, and how this might be communicated to the client, raises implications for the therapeutic relationship. Here, the supervisory relationship may offer an invaluable resource.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Parasuicide, Counselor and client, Qualitative research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Journal of Guidance & Counselling|
|Page Range:||pp. 41-51|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Version or Related Resource:||Fox, C. (2009). Working with clients who engage in self-harming behaviour : experiences of a group of counsellors. Conference paper presentation at the British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology Conference, Warwick, 9th-11th July, 2009. http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/id/eprint/40641|
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