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Tai Chi Chuan in Psychotherapy: A Phenomenological Study
by Okamoto Caballero, Patricia Ellen, Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2017, 207; 10617965
Abstract (Summary)

Mental illness is a serious problem in the U.S. and has historically been treated using traditional psychotherapies. However, mind/body modalities such as those in the field of somatic psychology are beginning to be recognized as alternative treatments. Tai chi is also a mind/body healing practice that has potential links to somatic psychology. A purposive sample of 10 clinicians was interviewed regarding the incorporation of tai chi in psychotherapy. Data was collected via semistructured interviews, transcribed, and was analyzed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) producing three themes and eight subthemes. The three themes included (1) tai chi and theoretical models; (2) tai chi in psychotherapy; and (3) tai chi as a resource. The findings have theoretical and clinical implications for the role of tai chi in psychotherapy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ahlström, Henry, Ellis, Erica
Commitee: Carleton, Jacqueline A.
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Psychology: Somatic Concentration
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Medicine, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Meditation, Mind/body, Mindfulness, Movement, Psychotherapy, Tai chi
Publication Number: 10617965
ISBN: 978-0-355-20672-2
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