Two ways of analyzing clients’ accounts of important events in psychotherapy
2014 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
The aim of this study was to analyze clients’ accounts of important events in psychotherapy, by examining both what types of therapy events clients describe as important, and how their talk about the events is shaped and organized within the context of the research interviews. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight clients after their third session. A content analysis of the clients’ accounts yielded descriptions of five types of important events: feeling validated/understood, gaining insight/understanding/awareness, exploring feelings/experiencing emotions, therapist omission/therapeutic impasse, and advice/problem solving. In a second step, a discourse analysis identified one dominating interpretative repertoire that clients drew on to construct therapy as a special kind of talk that is different from everyday talk. Clients were also found to account for their experience and expertise as clients and to reject invitations to speculate about the therapist’s thoughts and feelings. These were strategies clients used to handle attempts to trouble their positions as clients, while at the same time maintaining the special-kind of talk-repertoire and addressing their accountability as clients.
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Discourse analysis; process research; important events; clients’ experiences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111918OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-111918DiVA: diva2:761929