What claims are made about clients and therapists’ experiences of psychotherapy environments in empirical research? A systematic mixed‐studies review and narrative synthesis

Morrey, Tara, Larkin, Michael and Rolfe, Alison (2020) What claims are made about clients and therapists’ experiences of psychotherapy environments in empirical research? A systematic mixed‐studies review and narrative synthesis. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 20 (4). pp. 666-679. ISSN 1473-3145

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Abstract

Aims: To synthesise and evaluate evidence about experiences of psychotherapy environments. Methods: Studies were identified from systematic literature searches of Psycinfo, Assia and Web of Science. Selected studies were published in English between 2002 and 2016. Fifteen studies met the inclusion criteria. A quality appraisal process indicated that the quality of evidence was ‘moderate’ across included papers. Findings: In the narrative synthesis we use the concept ‘mereology’ to underscore the mutually-constitutive relationship between person, world and practice. In this context, themes of relating, containment and process each highlight the integral and nuanced influences of the environment on the therapeutic endeavour. Conclusions: In therapeutic training it would be beneficial to utilise the concept of a ‘mereological system’ (reflecting how a person and their environment shape each other and constitute a whole) to show how environmental features may affect clinical practice. Designers may also benefit from using this concept for the purpose of improving therapeutic environments. Further research which explores features of the therapy as part of a mereological system may pinpoint other aspects which facilitate beneficial therapy outcomes.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Morrey, T., Larkin, M. and Rolfe, A. (2020) ‘What claims are made about clients and therapists’ experiences of psychotherapy environments in empirical research? A systematic mixed-studies review and narrative synthesis’ Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 20(4), pp. 666-679 which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/capr.12336. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Divisions: Faculty of of Arts, Society and Professional Studies > Department of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Hazel Barham
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2020 15:13
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2020 09:37
URI: https://newman.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17289

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