A thematic analysis of young people's experience of counselling in five secondary schools in the UK

Rosemarie Lynass, Olga Pykhtina, Mick Cooper

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate young people’s views on the effects of school-based counselling, and what they found helpful and unhelpful. Eleven semi-structured interviews were conducted and thematically analysed. Participants expressed predominantly positive views of school-based counselling with changes in three main domains: emotional, interpersonal and behavioural. Participants viewed these changes as having had an important effect on their lives. The most commonly cited helpful aspects of counselling were related to talking or getting things out, and counsellor qualities. School-based counselling is viewed positively by those who have experienced it, and appears to be an appropriate and valuable intervention for young people.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCounselling and Psychotherapy Research
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • clients' experiences
  • thematic analysis
  • counselling in schools
  • therapeutic change
  • young people

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