Helpful processes in psychological therapy for patients with primary cancers : a qualitative interview study

Omylinska-Thurston, J ORCID: and Cooper, M 2014, 'Helpful processes in psychological therapy for patients with primary cancers : a qualitative interview study' , Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 14 (2) , pp. 84-92.

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Aims: The purpose of this study was to identify what patients with primary cancers found helpful in therapy. Method: Indepth qualitative interviews were conducted with eight patients who had completed a course of psychological therapy within an NHS psychology service for cancer patients. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: The participants identified a range of helpful processes in therapy: talking and expressing their feelings to someone outside of the family; forming a relationship with their therapist; normalisation through the therapists’ expert knowledge; problem-solving and CBT. Limitations: As with all qualitative studies, the small sample and size and dependence on participant recall limits generalisability of the findings. Implications: The findings of this study are consistent with a pluralistic perspective: that multiple therapeutic processes - aligned to a range of different orientations - can be of value to patients with primary cancers. This supports the provision of a range of therapeutic interventions and strategies for this patient group.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1473-3145
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Depositing User: J Omylinska-Thurston
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2020 09:10
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 04:09

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