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Hills, John; Lees, John; Freshwater, Dawn; Cahill, Jane – British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 2018
In this study, we examine autoethnographic data from three critical incidents as experienced by the first author demonstrating the importance of context in understanding medically unexplained symptoms, their incidence and underlying patterns. We make the case for ethnographies as a crucial research strand in discerning the finer aspects of the…
Descriptors: Psychosomatic Disorders, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Autobiographies, Ethnography
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Lees, John; Tovey, Phil – British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 2012
The counselling and psychotherapy profession is undergoing considerable change as a result of government intervention in the form of regulation, funding and efficacy research. In this paper we argue that these changes, even though they challenge some of the basic ways of thinking which have come to underpin the profession since its inception, also…
Descriptors: Graduate Medical Education, Medicine, Psychotherapy, Intervention
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Macaskie, Jane; Lees, John – British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 2011
This paper challenges the neglect of psychotherapeutic methods in therapy research and discusses the use of methods arising directly from therapy practice to generate research data. Recent developments in therapy research culture are critiqued in order to contextualise the present contribution. The research design and methodology evolve from the…
Descriptors: Research Design, Research Methodology, Data Analysis, Psychotherapy
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Lees, John – British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 2011
Counselling and psychotherapy is attracting government interest and intervention, for instance the proposal to regulate the profession by the Health Professions Council. Many therapists see this as a threat to its fundamental principles due to the fact that government policy is influenced by the medical model and managerialism. This article looks,…
Descriptors: Psychotherapy, Counseling, Medicine, Models
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Lees, John; Stimpson, Quentin – British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 2002
This paper begins by critically exploring Freudian and post-Freudian understandings of suicide while drawing several examples from clinical practice. The paper then reconsiders psychodynamic approaches to suicidal clients from a Levinasian ethical position. Suggests that suicide may be a logical part of what it is to be human, rather than an…
Descriptors: Counseling Theories, Ethics, Foreign Countries, Mental Disorders