Experience focussed counselling with voice hearers

towards a trans-diagnostic key to understanding past and current distress. A thematic enquiry

Joachim Schnackenberg, Mick Fleming, Helen Walker, Colin R. Martin

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Abstract

As it is increasingly evident that distressing voices can be linked to traumatic events across diagnoses, there is a need for new transdiagnostic interventions for persons with voice hearing related distress. Twenty-five interviews with voice hearers and mental health professionals explored the trans-diagnostic suitability of Experience Focussed Counselling (EFC) compared to Treatment As Usual. An Applied Thematic Analysis was used. Themes identified were: intervention applicability; impact of regular treatment before study; impact of EFC process; process of working with voices; impact of regular treatment during study; views on treatment or approach. The EFC focus was considered helpful across diagnoses. The findings support EFC as a transdiagnostic intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Early online date30 Apr 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Apr 2018

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