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Phenomenology for Therapists

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About the Author vii Preface ix Part I The Phenomenological Project: Concepts, Theory and Philosophy 1 Introduction to Part I 3 1 Phenomenology: Bridging the Practice Research Divide? 5 2 The Phenomenological Project 15 3 The Body in Lived Experience 29 4 Philosophical Foundations 43 5 The 'Phenomenological Attitude' 73 Part II Phenomenological Research Approaches 85 Introduction to Part II 87 6 Descriptive Empirical Phenomenology 93 7 Hermeneutic Phenomenology 109 8 Lifeworld Approaches 125 9 Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis 139 10 First-Person Approaches 149 11 Reflexive-Relational Approaches 159 Part III PhenomenologicalMethods in Practice 177 Introduction to Part III 179 12 Planning the Research 181 13 Gathering Data 197 14 Relational Ethics 217 15 The Process of Analysing Data 227 16 Producing the Research 247 17 Evaluating Research 261 Appendix 273 References 275 Index 295

About the Author

Linda Finlay is a freelance Consultant offering training and mentorship on how to apply qualitative research in health care. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, she also teaches psychology and writes with the Open University. Her books include Groupwork in Occupational Therapy (1993), The Practice of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy (3rd edition, 2004), Qualitative Research for Health Professionals: Challenging Choices (ed. with C. Ballinger, Wiley Publishers, 2006), and Relational-Centred Research for Psychotherapists (with K. Evans, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).


As a dominantly clinical practitioner who nonethelessretains an active interest in research, and particularlyphenomenological research, I found this book both useful andinformative. ( The Indo-Pacific Journal ofPhenomenology, 1 May 2013) Phenomenology when it is done well discloses, transforms and inspires. That is why it excitesme, why I am passionate about it ... Fortunately, this doesnot need to stand in the way of readers making use of thisotherwise excellent book in their own way and for their ownpractice-relevant research needs. (CounsellingPsychology Review, 2 June 2012)"The many current research examples provide a useful andeasy-to-read description of what is possible in phenomenologicalresearch. This book is a wonderful addition to qualitativemethodology texts and I would recommend it as a standard text foranyone considering counselling/ psychotherapy research." (TherapyToday, 1 December 2011)

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