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Everyone is doing it…why not you?

Walsh, Mary Paula and Egan, Arlene (2012) Everyone is doing it…why not you? Inside Out, 68.

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When we think about the purpose of psychotherapy, we may consider its value from the dual perspectives of client and therapist. For the client there is much evidence supporting the fact that therapy offers the opportunity to discover or clarify their purpose in life. Through the psychotherapeutic journey, clients have the opportunity to identify and understand the meaning their life holds, to solve problems which exist within their lives and to ultimately achieve a deeper understanding of themselves. Psychotherapy holds value for the therapist also (Norcross, 2002). Therapists grow and also learn personal and professional value through their experiences of the psychotherapeutic journey. It has been cited in literature how the role of psychotherapy creates a deeper sense of purpose in the therapist. However, literature also suggests that therapists should engage in a reflective process to ensure that the best service is being offered to each client (Stedmon and Dallos, 2009). According to research on reflective practices, the most effective way for therapists to begin thinking about the quality and value of the psychotherapy being offered to their clients is to ask questions of themselves. This is the essence of research. Asking questions is the first step in active engagement in research. Being curious, eager to ask questions and willing to pay attention to the answers you discover is the essence of building up knowledge of psychotherapeutic practices and experiences. This article aims to raise and dispel seven myths about research in psychotherapy, so that therapists may begin to become more open to the possibility of asking questions and sharing findings with the wider psychotherapeutic community.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Psychology, Applied > Counseling
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 13:09
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 09:07

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