‘A Space Together and Apart’ – A Qualitative Study of the Meaning of Therapeutic Space

Wayne, Susan (2013) ‘A Space Together and Apart’ – A Qualitative Study of the Meaning of Therapeutic Space. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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This qualitative study takes a phenomenological approach to explore understandings of the meaning of ‘therapeutic space’ in a wide sense, both conceptually and as experienced by counsellor and client. It includes a literature review, initial heuristic reflections and an interpretative phenomenological analysis of data from semi-structured interviews with three experienced counsellors and two centre managers. The study found that the meaning and experiencing of therapeutic space consolidated into four main themes and two more cross cutting themes. These are:

Calling forth - a safe, holding, affirming space calling forth self-expression and exploration.

Fit for purpose – an ethical, non-intruded space, conducive to the therapy and respecting and valuing the work.

Meaningful – evoking multiple meanings communicated in many ways.

Deep connection – a fluid space capturing intimate contact and interaction with someone or something beyond the individual self.

Embodies the way of working – tangible interaction with physical space and materials.

Fluid environmental salience – the varying intensity of impact of material factors on perceptive awareness.

The findings are discussed and implications drawn for person-centred theory and practice.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: therapeutic space; therapeutic landscapes; person-centred
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2013 13:59
Last Modified: 15 May 2016 16:41
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/26990

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