The experience of counselling for female clients with anorexia nervosa: A person centred perspective

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Anorexia nervosa is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition, which has been studied from a range of theoretical perspectives. However, the relevance of person-centred theory and practice in relation to anorexia nervosa has not previously been explored in the literature. The purpose of this study was to understand the experiences of clients who had received counselling for anorexia nervosa, and to set these experiences against the backdrop of person-centred theory. The study is based on intensive heuristic analysis of interviews with five clients who had completed counselling for anorexia nervosa within the previous three months. Collaboration between the researcher and the participants led to an identification of two of the six ‘core’ conditions identified by Rogers as being of real importance to clients with anorexia: unconditional positive regard and congruence. The context in which counselling is offered was also of crucial significance to these clients. Implications for practice are discussed.

AuthorMarchant, L. & Payne, H.
JournalCounselling and Psychotherapy Research

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