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dc.contributor.authorMurphy, David
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-06T12:40:27Z
dc.date.available2017-09-06T12:40:27Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationMurphy, D. (2009). Client-centred therapy for severe childhood abuse: A case study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 9 (1), pp.3-10.
dc.identifier.other10.1080/14733140802655992
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12904/11994
dc.description.abstractAims: This case study demonstrates the experience of client change in non-directive client-centred therapy for a client ('Mac') who had experienced severe and repeated childhood abuse within an institutional care setting and shows how complex posttraumatic stress involving difficulties in identity, problems forming and maintaining non-abusive interpersonal relationships were encountered within the therapy. Method: The data were taken from the detailed notes of 160 sessions of client-centred therapy. Following detailed reading and re-reading a phenomenological analysis of the data produced four emergent themes. Results: The four themes were labelled: post-traumatic distress, acceptance and understanding, new meaning-accurate symbolisation and growth and relationship. Conclusion: The findings suggest that following severe trauma the experience of being in a client-centred therapeutic relationship was related to a reduction in post-traumatic distress. In turn, new meaning was created through accurate symbolisation of previously denied and/or distorted traumatic experience. Additionally, the client displayed growth in the development of a small number of non-abusive relationships that improved his quality of life. It is proposed that client-centred therapy can help client adjustment to the consequences of severe and traumatic childhood abuse.
dc.description.urihttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14733140802655992
dc.subjectChild abuse
dc.subjectPost-traumatic stress disorders
dc.titleClient-centred therapy for severe childhood abuse: A case study
dc.typeArticle


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