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Phenomenology for Therapists: Researching the Lived World

Phenomenology for Therapists: Researching the Lived World

Linda Finlay

ISBN: 978-1-119-97514-4

Jul 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

312 pages


This book provides an accessible comprehensive exploration of phenomenological theory and research methods and is geared specifically to the needs of therapists and other health care professionals.
  • An accessible exploration of an increasingly popular qualitative research methodology
  • Explains phenomenological concepts and how they are applied to different stages of the research process and to topics relevant to therapy practice
  • Provides practical examples throughout
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

“As a dominantly clinical practitioner who nonetheless retains an active interest in research, and particularly phenomenological research, I found this book both useful and informative.”  (The Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 1 May 2013)

“Phenomenology – when it is done well –discloses, transforms and inspires. That is why it excites me, why I am passionate about it . . .  Fortunately, this does not need to stand in the way of readers making use of this otherwise excellent book in their own way and for their own practice-relevant research needs.”  (Counselling Psychology Review, 2 June 2012)

""The many current research examples provide a useful and easy-to-read description of what is possible in phenomenological research. This book is a wonderful addition to qualitative methodology texts and I would recommend it as a standard text for anyone considering counselling/ psychotherapy research."" (Therapy Today, 1 December 2011)