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The lived experience of hope in therapy Reem, Orit

Abstract

The lived experience and meaning of hope in psychotherapy for clients was studied using the hermeneutic phenomenological method outlined by van Manen (1997). Five women in their forties who have completed therapy no less than 6 months earlier were interviewed regarding their experience. Hope in therapy was described as an active experience, with four distinct areas of movement: coming into strength, coming into possibilities and change, coming into connection and coming into universal trust. The themes described the essence of the experience for the five women. A follow up interview was conducted to confirm and clarify the findings generated from the first interview. The results contribute to our understanding of the experience of hope as it pertains to psychotherapy. Recommendations for future research and implications for counselling practice are discussed.

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