Research

Co-Counselling: an experiential enquiry (2)

J. Heron and Reason, P., Co-Counselling: an experiential enquiry (2), Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey, 1982.

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  • Research

CONTENTS

Background

Brief Chronological Account of the Inquiry

Findings

  • What Makes Me Notice I'm Restimulated, In Pattern?
  • A Hierarchy in the Management of Restimulated Distress
  • Tactics
  • Strategies
  • Belief Systems

What We Got out of the Project

An Assessment of the Validity of the Project

Procedural Criticisms

References

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Co-Counselling: an experiential enquiry (1)

J. Heron and Reason, P., Co-Counselling: an experiential enquiry (1), Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey, 1981.

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  • Research
  • Cooperative Inquiry

CONTENTS

Introduction

Co-Counselling Research Project

Chronological account of the project

The maps

What we learned about co-counselling

Learnings about experiential research

An assessment of the validity of the project

Next steps for collaborative experiential inquiry

Nest steps for research into co-counselling

References

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Towards an Integration of Counselling, Clienting and Meditation

M. Wilks, Towards an Integration of Counselling, Clienting and Meditation, University of East London, London, 1998.

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  • Session Contracts
  • Meditation
  • Research
  • Transpersonal
  • Cooperative Inquiry

Abstract

Introduction

1.0 Literature Review

1.1 Co-counselling

1.2 Meditation

1.3 East/West Psychology

1.4 Integrating Meditation with Psychotherapy

1.5 The Transpersonal Perspective

2.0 Methodology

2.1 Positioning of the Researchers

Positioning of the Author -- This Researcher's Investment

Positioning of the Co-researchers

2.2 Theoretical Discussion

2.3 Enabling the Inquiry

3.0 Results

4.0 Discussion

4.1 The Results

4.2 The Process of the Inquiry

The First Meeting - Contracting In

Engaging with the Inquiry

5.0 Conclusions

References

Appendices

1) Articles, leaflet, handouts & Co-med pamphlet

2) General Correspondence 

3) Reports 

4) Glossary


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Catharsis in Psychotherapy

P. J. Hawkins, Catharsis in Psychotherapy, University of Durham, UK, Durham, 1986.

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  • Research
  • Cooperative Inquiry
  • Catharsis

The historical context of catharsis in psychotherapy is discussed, with particular reference to drama and ritual. 

The 'cathartic technique' of Freud and Breuer is then presented as part of the continuing development of approaches that advocate feeling-expression as a way of promoting personal change. The contemporary approaches considered include Reichean Therapy, bioenergetics, primal therapy, and re-evaluation counselling. Heron's theory of catharsis in human development is emphasized, and is central to the two experiential research enquiries presented later. 

The evidence for the efficacy of catharsis is reviewed from the perspective of the various 'schools' of emotionally-expressive therapy, and reference to the the psychosomatic and bereavement literature is also made. Two research enquiries are presented which investigate the effects of catharsis on human functioning.

A new paradigm experiential approach was adopted in which co-researchers engaged in a collaborative enquiry. 'Inside' measures of subjective experiencing, contingent upon emotional catharsis, were gathered through self-report, as well as 'outside' measures of blood pressure, pulse rate, and personality functioning.

Results suggest that physiologic tension decreases following somatic emotional catharsis, but that longer term changes in psycho-somatic functioning require the development of insight into the genesis of the 'symptom', as well as complementary therapeutic strategems. It is further suggested that the development of insight is contingent upon historical somatic catharsis.

The results also show that where cognitive catharsis occurs without affective release, in increase in psycho-physiologic tension is effected, as shown in both the physiological measures and subjective experiencing. Finally, the implications of catharsis for therapeutic practice are discussed.