Counsellors' perspectives on how mindfulness meditation influences counsellor presence within the therapeutic relationship.

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2008-04-10T06:00:07Z

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McCartney, Laura Lynn.

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The present study was a phenomenological inquiry exploring the lived experience of counselors who have a regular mindfidness meditation practice consisting of sitting meditation. The researcher interviewed five women counselors on how mindfulness meditation influences their presence within the therapeutic relationship. Utilizing a phenomenological research design emphasizing the association between individuals and their worlds, the researcher analyzed the data, selected meaningful statements, and clustered themes. The main themes discovered were: the path of mindfulness meditation, counsellor presence, compassion, bringing mindfulness and meditation to counselling, and self-awareness and insights through meditation. The findings were discussed within the context of the relevant research and theories in counselling psychology. Practical implications for counselling, future research recommendations, and study limitations were considered.

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