In this thought-provoking text, Liz Bondi and Judith Fewell invite practitioners to move away from an approach to research that depends upon distance and objectification, and towards a method centred on practical wisdom developed through intense exploration of the lived experience of therapeutic relationships. Following a close examination of the flaws of dominant approaches to research in the field, the book provides a richly detailed exploration of a diverse range of subjective experiences, from both practitioners and clients. These include a voluntary counsellor's account of working with a bereaved inmate in a Scottish prison, a case study about how music and poetry enabled a man diagnosed with schizophrenia living in a psychiatric facility to communicate and develop a positive therapeutic relationship, and an exploration of the gender dynamics experienced by a female trainee counsellor working with a depressed male client.
Reclaiming the wisdom of practice in counselling and psychotherapy research Why does research so often alienate practitioners and what can be done about it? Liz Bondi and Judith Fewell The power of examples Liz Bondi and Judith Fewell Rethinking supervision and ethics in experience-near research Siobhan Canavan and Seamus Prior Coming into therapeutic practice A trainee counsellor's account of learning to trust in the process Linda Gardner Losing touch: an exploration of the place of touch in therapeutic relationships Anna St. Clair Why I became a counselor: reflections on the counter-transference Mags Turner Client voices Working with early trauma in therapy: emerging from the shadow of polio Connie Johnson Regarding 'The Teashouse of the August Moon': therapeutic work with a man with schizophrenia within a hospital content April Parkins A secret sorrow: making a difference to bereavement in prison Janette Masterton 'Reading the wound': using stories to open up the nature of trauma Linda Talbert Embodying theory An investigation of narratives of anxiety Chris Scott Hauntings: on discovering the lived experience of counter-transference Patrick Fegan Working with Mark: gender in the counselling room Lynne Rollo Tolerating the 'Chaos Monsters': making sense with Bion Diana Sim.