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Clinical psychologists’ experiences of accessing personal therapy during training: a narrative analysis

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2015
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care
Issue number2
Volume3
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)32-47
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The objectives of this study were to explore the experiences of trainee clinical psychologists
who utilised therapy whilst training, and its role in their personal and professional development.
Ten clinical psychologists were recruited, and asked to share their story of accessing personal
therapy during training. Data were analysed using narrative analysis, which led to the
development of four chapters: Chapter one explores the context of being a trainee clinical
psychologist whilst experiencing therapy, including stressors encountered during training. In
chapter two, participants discuss the stigma they felt in accessing personal therapy. Through
chapter three, participants describe the journey of therapy itself, including difficult emotions they
experienced and events such as ‘the ending’. Finally, chapter four details the personal and
professional impact of their therapy journey. It is concluded that personal therapy can provide
both personal and professional support to trainee clinical psychologists. However, some barriers
may affect individuals seeking such support. The clinical and professional implications of these
findings are discussed, in addition to recommendations for future research.

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© 2015 Hannah M N Wilson, Stephen Weatherhead and Jenny S. Davies. This Open Access article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.