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Making & Sustaining Change From Psychotherapy: A Mixed Method Study, Kelsi Dankey, Heather Karson, Arielle R. Yahnke, Sara Lemon, Tricia Downing, Danae Hoffman, Natia Wilcek Jan 2017

Making & Sustaining Change From Psychotherapy: A Mixed Method Study, Kelsi Dankey, Heather Karson, Arielle R. Yahnke, Sara Lemon, Tricia Downing, Danae Hoffman, Natia Wilcek

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This mixed method study explored both (1) how changes are made and (2) what encourages the maintenance of change after psychotherapy. Literature has called for further exploration into what helps clients to make and sustain change from their perspectives. While the effectiveness of approaches such as: psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and other disorder-specific treatments has been demonstrated broadly, less is known about individual variables, and specifically about how individuals participate in and support their recovery. This study used a mixed method sequential design. Wampold & Imel’s (2015) contextual model was used as a conceptual framework throughout the study. Using secondary data ...


Understanding And Treating Shame: The Role Of The Clinician, Jennifer Perez Jan 2016

Understanding And Treating Shame: The Role Of The Clinician, Jennifer Perez

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Shame is a powerful emotion and experience that impacts how individuals interpret a situation, and often their behavior. It correlates with a number of mental health conditions that are commonly treated by psychotherapists, and yet the explicit or implicit treatment of shame directly or simultaneous to the disorder is less common. A qualitative exploratory study was conducted in an attempt to gather insight regarding the conceptualization, observation, and treatment of shame in the context of psychotherapy by both generalists and specialists (those with and without explicit training in relation to shame and its treatment). Themes that emerged from the data ...


Women, Shame, And Mental Health: A Systematic Review Of Approaches In Psychotherapy, Vienna Miller-Prieve Jan 2016

Women, Shame, And Mental Health: A Systematic Review Of Approaches In Psychotherapy, Vienna Miller-Prieve

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Shame is a self-conscious emotion that affects self-esteem, self-concept and evaluation of the self. Shame is seen more often in women than men; in part due to societal and cultural standards placed upon women that create negative self-evaluations in women when those standards are not met. Shame is seen in mental health diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and eating disorders. When a woman presents for therapy or counseling, shame may be apparent and necessary to work on during therapy. This systematic review was designed to answer the research question: what therapeutic approaches are used in psychotherapy targeting ...


Clinical Social Work Interventions For Nursing Home Residents With Depression, Ellen Grosh Jan 2016

Clinical Social Work Interventions For Nursing Home Residents With Depression, Ellen Grosh

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The populations of older adults is growing. Nursing home residents, in particular, are some of the most vulnerable members of society. Depression is more common in nursing home residents than it is in older adults who live in the community. Clinical social workers are trained to be psychotherapists, and it is important for these professionals to know which types of therapy are most effective for nursing home residents with depression. This systematic literature review was designed to sample the most recent research on psychotherapeutic interventions that are effective in addressing depression in nursing home residents. Specific search criteria were chosen ...


Sexual Assault Center Advocates And Psychotherapists: An Exploratory Study Of Interventions, Renae Lockerby Jan 2016

Sexual Assault Center Advocates And Psychotherapists: An Exploratory Study Of Interventions, Renae Lockerby

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In the following qualitative study, the researcher attempted to identify and compare the self-identified approaches taken by Sexual Assault Center (SAC) advocates (n = 4) and outpatient psychotherapists (n = 4) in working with adult survivors of sexual violence. Using grounded theory methodology, data from semi-structured interviews were coded using an open coding process. From this, six themes emerged from the interviews with SAC advocates and ten themes emerged from the interviews with psychotherapists, suggesting approaches used when providing crisis intervention and counseling to adult survivors of sexual violence. These themes and their corresponding subthemes are discussed in this report. The study ...


Life Coaching And Therapy: Possibilities In Dual Practice, Jessica Martinez Jan 2016

Life Coaching And Therapy: Possibilities In Dual Practice, Jessica Martinez

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As life coaching grows in popularity, questions arise about its role in relation to therapy. Existing literature has explored theoretical similarities and differences between coaching and therapy and the potential benefits and drawbacks of separating and integrating the two. The current study sought to expand the limited base of literature on professionals' real-life experience in dual practice. Qualitative and exploratory in nature, the study involved semi-structured interviews with seven dual practicing professionals. Findings include perceived financial and emotional benefits of practicing coaching and therapy, practitioners' tendency to integrate rather than separate the two modalities, and participant concerns about the threat ...


Shame --- The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: Therapist Perspectives, Karen L. Hulstrand Jan 2015

Shame --- The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: Therapist Perspectives, Karen L. Hulstrand

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Shame is common and a universal part of the human condition. It is a factor in mental illness, and shame issues frequently arise in psychotherapy. There has been much theorizing about shame, but less research on how psychotherapists address this in their practice. This qualitative research study looked at how psychotherapists conceptualize shame, how shame issues present in psychotherapy, what approaches therapists find helpful in working with shame and the impact of shame in the therapy process itself. Eight psychotherapists were interviewed. Shame was found to be ubiquitous in psychotherapy. Psychotherapists mainly conceptualized shame as clients' negative beliefs about the ...


Therapists' Perspectives On The Use Of Yoga In The Treatment Of Trauma, Brianna Klatt Jan 2015

Therapists' Perspectives On The Use Of Yoga In The Treatment Of Trauma, Brianna Klatt

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This study explored therapists' experiences of incorporating the practice of yoga into their psychotherapy with clients who experience traumatic stress. Using a qualitative design, five volunteer licensed mental health professionals were interviewed regarding their experiences with integrating yoga as a therapy tool with their clients who experience traumatic stress symptoms. Data was taken from a semi-structured interview and analyzed to identify common themes. The findings support the literature which says, traumatic events affect both the mind and body, and clinicians' need to implement inventions' addressing the whole person, to be effective helping clients' heal from traumatic stress. Findings indicated that ...


Trauma Innovations: Mdma As A Treatment Intervention For Ptsd, Anthony Christian, Andrea E. Grey, Terra Sorg Jan 2015

Trauma Innovations: Mdma As A Treatment Intervention For Ptsd, Anthony Christian, Andrea E. Grey, Terra Sorg

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Aims: To examine the evidence displayed across 3 distinct communities (popular, scientific, & clinical) in conjunction with the use of MDMA-AP as an intervention for PTSD. Method: A mixed method synthesis of qualitative and quantitative research. Data Sources: Four databases were searched [1980-Present] for MDMA & PTSD and/or Mithoefer, et al. 2010 specific scientific literature providing forty-two randomly selected articles; YouTube was searched specifically targeting the same criteria to provide forty-two randomly selected videos; 201 LICSW's from Minnesota were also surveyed. Results: From the three datasets, three common themes emerged: (1) attitudes specifically geared toward MDMA-AP; (2) effusive or willful language; and (3) gaps in the research. Conclusions: Scientific literature is neutral to somewhat supportive of more study of MDMA-AP; primary source videos consider the topic highly newsworthy and are generally supportive of more study; LICSWs are supportive of the idea of further study of MDMA-AP.


Modifying Psychotherapy When Working With An Adult Diagnosed With A Co-Occurring Intellectual Disability And Mental Disorder, Jesse Virgil Buchner Jan 2014

Modifying Psychotherapy When Working With An Adult Diagnosed With A Co-Occurring Intellectual Disability And Mental Disorder, Jesse Virgil Buchner

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Adults diagnosed with an intellectual disability are three to four times more likely than the general population to be diagnosed with a mental disorder. There are traditionally four classifications of intellectual disability: mild, moderate, severe, and profound. Each classification has characteristics that limit the cognitive functioning and abilities of the individual affected. This qualitative research was developed to explore the question of what might constitute some emerging best practices used in modifying psychotherapy when working with adults with a diagnosed intellectual disability and mental disorder. Five current and former psychotherapists and one psychiatrist served as respondents for the project. The ...


Mindfulness In Traditional Psychotherapy: A Qualitative Study, Andrea M. Dorn Jan 2014

Mindfulness In Traditional Psychotherapy: A Qualitative Study, Andrea M. Dorn

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Empirically tested research suggests the effectiveness and applicability of mindfulness interventions in psychotherapy to treat or provide supplemental treatment to a variety of mental health disorders, to improve the therapeutic alliance, and to promote self-care and use of self in clinicians. Despite the successes of mindfulness in the mental health community, only a select culture of clinicians utilize mindfulness techniques in their practice. In order to explore how mindfulness can impact the therapeutic process, a qualitative study was conducted. Seven clinicians who currently practice mindfulness and who utilize mindfulness-based and mindfulness-informed interventions in clinical practice were interviewed. The interviews explored ...


African American Men's Perception Of Psychotherapy At A Mental Illness & Chemical Dependency (Micd) Program: What Factors Do They Consider Therapeutic/Helpful, Tou Jean Killen Jan 2012

African American Men's Perception Of Psychotherapy At A Mental Illness & Chemical Dependency (Micd) Program: What Factors Do They Consider Therapeutic/Helpful, Tou Jean Killen

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There are limited empirical data that study the factors that enhance or prevent African American men from using psychotherapy. The purpose of this study was to explore the perception that African American men have of psychotherapy and factors that they consider helpful. Using a qualitative design, eight African American men volunteer to participate in the study to explore their perception of psychotherapy. These eight African American men came from a day treatment facility in the Twin Cities area and had a positive perception of psychotherapy as a tool to help them manage their drug and alcohol and mental health problems ...


The Spaces In-Between: How The Art Of Intuition Informs The Science Of Evidence Based Practice In Psychotherapy, Heather Smith Jan 2012

The Spaces In-Between: How The Art Of Intuition Informs The Science Of Evidence Based Practice In Psychotherapy, Heather Smith

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Evidence-based practice methods are a central component in the psychotherapy profession and an important backdrop in the therapeutic endeavor. Yet a therapeutic relationship that leads to healing is often one that exists within an intersubjective space, one that is outside the field of manualized interventions. The purpose of this study seeks to explore the role that intuition plays in the therapeutic process, how it informs the use of evidence-based practice methods, and its contribution to the change process in psychotherapy. Scholarly research on the use of intuition in the therapeutic process is sparse and indicates a need for more in-depth ...