The experiences of counselling for persons with ME
Ward, T. , Hogan, K. , Stuart, V. and Singleton, E. (2008) The experiences of counselling for persons with ME. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 8 (2). pp. 73-79. ISSN 1473-3145
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733140801972760
A number of studies have evaluated counselling interventions for people with myalgic encephalitis, but few report client perceptions in any detail. This study seeks to explore client perceptions using a qualitative methodology. A sample of 25 individuals with myalgic encephalitis were interviewed about their experiences in counselling. The interviews were transcribed and subjected to thematic analysis using grounded theory principles. The analysis showed that people with myalgic encephalitis endure significant changes to their lives, often involving great loss and trauma. After seeking help through counselling, participants had experienced a wide variety of approaches and there were positive and negative perceptions of each. Other perceptions related to therapist characteristics and the way in which interventions were carried out. Recommendations for practitioners are given.
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