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      Personal Therapy for Therapists: Reflections on Past and Current Research From an Autoethnographic Perspective


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          The following article will describe and reflect on a research study that was published in Counselling Psychology Quarterly in 2011, entitled ‘Personal Therapy as a Mandatory Requirement for Counselling Psychologists in Training: A Qualitative Study of the Impact of Therapy on Trainees’ Personal and Professional Development.’ The aim of the study was to explore trainee counselling psychologists’ experiences of mandatory personal therapy, and the impact it had on their personal and professional development. This article is written from an autoethnographic perspective. Autoethnography is a research method which allows authors to define, explain and methodically evaluate their personal experiences of being part of a particular culture, over a prolonged period of time. The use of the dialogue approach has allowed the study to be presented as an interview or a conversation that has taken place between two people. The article concentrates on three areas of autoethnography: firstly, sincerity which is interested in the author’s objectives and the ways in which a study is designed, carried out, and presented. Secondly, contribution is about the significance of participants’ stories and the ways in which they are interpreted. The standard of any research study is judged on the extent to which the work has furthered knowledge and understanding of a particular subject area. Thirdly, rich insight, involves an idiosyncratic process of self-reflection for the researcher to gain insight into their area of interest.

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          The psychotherapist's own psychotherapy: educating and developing psychologists.

          In this article, the author synthesizes 25 years of his research on the personal therapy of mental health professionals. The author summarizes the high prevalence of personal treatment, its use by seasoned practitioners, its personal and professional goals, its typically positive outcomes, and its lasting lessons concerning the practice of psychotherapy. Particular attention is devoted to the therapist's selection of a personal therapist and the conduct of treatment with patients who are themselves psychotherapists in comparison with patients who are laypersons. The cumulative results indicate that personal therapy is an emotionally vital, interpersonally dense, and professionally formative experience that should be central to the development of health care psychologists.
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            Counselling psychologists' perceptions of the impact of mandatory personal therapy on professional development--an exploratory study

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              Psychotherapists view their personal therapy.


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                Eur J Couns Psych
                The European Journal of Counselling Psychology
                Eur. J. Couns. Psych.
                21 March 2017
                : 6
                : 1
                : 83-95
                [a ]School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside, Tees Valley, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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                [* ]School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside, Tees Valley, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA, United Kingdom. ninak7251@ 123456gmail.com

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                : 30 December 2015
                : 21 January 2017
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                professional development,therapists,counselling psychologists,personal therapy,autoethnography


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