• Sexuality in the Therapeutic Relationship: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Gay Therapists

      Porter, James; Hulbert-Williams, Lee; Chadwick, Darren; University of Wolverhampton; University of Chester (Taylor & Francis, 2014-10-17)
      Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) clients have reported experiencing heterosexist/homophobic attitudes from heterosexual therapists, but this has seldom been discussed for gay therapists. Such experiences could impact the therapeutic process and a gay therapist’s willingness to self-disclose their sexuality. Self- disclosure of sexuality can be therapeutically beneficial for LGBTQ or heterosexual clients. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven gay male therapists and analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Five themes emerged: affinity for work- ing with LGBTQ clients, heterosexual males’ resistance to the therapeutic process, the impact of homophobia within the therapeu- tic relationship, empathy through shared humanity, and utilizing therapist sexuality as a tool within the therapeutic relationship.
    • Skin picking - how can we heal our scars?

      Devonald, Julie; University of Chester (BACP, 2016-10-31)
      Counsellor Julie Devonald describes her research into dermatillomania (skin picking), starting with her own experience. She looks at the causes, effects and possible treatments, including what therapists can do to help.
    • The Value of Using Discourse and Conversation Analysis as Evidence to Inform Practice in Counselling and Therapeutic Interactions.

      Kiyimba, Nikki; O'Reilly, Michelle; University of Chester and University of Leicester (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016-04-08)
      This is a commissioned chapter for an edited collection in The Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health. It focusses on the benefits of using the analytic methodologies of discourse analysis and conversation analysis in studying therapeutic and counselling interactions. In particular it examines the value of qualitative research of this kind as evidence within the evidence-based hierarchy for therapeutic practice.