• Finding My Voice: A Qualitative Exploration into the Perceived Impact of Person-Centred Counsellor Training upon Counsellors who were Adopted as a Baby

      Parkes, Charlotte Hannah (University of Chester, 2020-04-07)
      This small-scale qualitative study explores how qualified Person-Centred counsellors who were adopted as a baby perceived the impact of their Person-Centred counselling training. The study focused on the adoptees’ experiences of adoption and how these influenced their experience of Person-Centred counselling training. Data was collected using semi-structured interviews from three qualified Person-Centred counsellors who were adopted as babies. The data was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to gain insight into how the participants made sense of their lived experience. The findings supported the difficulties associated with adoption which are present in existing literature and research but also placed an emphasis on the particular vulnerabilities associated with being adopted as a baby. The findings further highlighted the positive impact Person-Centred Counselling training had on the participants’ personal development including: increased self-awareness, self-acceptance, identity development and having a voice. The findings confer implications for clinical practice in understanding the experience of adoptees who were adopted as a baby as well as the significant aspects of Person-Centred counselling training which facilitated the participants’ positive self-development. The links made between adoption and Person-Centred training are an original area of research and are worthy of further exploration. They elucidate the healing aspects of the approach and offer hope in overcoming human adversity.