Aim and purpose

The period immediately following a counselling session might be important in terms of client processing and experience of therapy. This work explores if a therapeutic opportunity is overlooked by clients immediately going back into the ‘outside world’, back to their daily lives, after counselling sessions.

Design and methodology

Four participants from a person-centred counselling private practice took part in immediate post-counselling session time and space periods (IPCPs) by remaining in the room they used for their online counselling for 30 minutes immediately after each of the three counselling sessions. The emphasis of the IPCPs was dedicated time and space alone for processing and reflection. Semi-structured interviews to explore participant experience of the IPCPs were conducted and interview transcripts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.



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