Identifying specific factors that make the psychotherapeutic experience helpful is of great importance. Previous studies exploring this task are usually from the perspective of the therapist. This qualitative study, utilizing Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) explores the subjective experiences of four Orthodox Jewish psychotherapy patients as a means of identifying the particular beneficial elements of the therapeutic encounter and the dynamics that inhere the Orthodox Jewish patient’s treatment. Eight in-person interviews reveal eight major findings: the integral role of religion; the beneficial role of the therapy milieu and process; stigma and the need to protect the integrity of the Orthodox Jewish patient; the importance of being viewed as a peer-companion; the value of boundary crossings; the value of being culturally matched; therapist training, theoretical orientation and discipline is not a determinant; there is a qualitative difference to how identified factors benefit the Orthodox Jewish patient vis-à-vis non-Orthodox patients. Findings are interpreted using a self psychological perspective and conclusions and recommendations are offered.
|Commitee:||Tsioles, Denise, Lampe, James, Rizzolo, Gregory, Goldberg, Constance|
|School:||Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago)|
|Department:||Clinical Social Work|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Judaic studies|
|Keywords:||Orthodox Judaism, Jewish|
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