Toward the recovery of a sense of self: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of patients' experience of body-oriented psychotherapy for schizophrenia

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Galbusera, Laura, Fellin, L. and Fuchs, T. 2017. Toward the recovery of a sense of self: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of patients' experience of body-oriented psychotherapy for schizophrenia. Psychotherapy Research. 29 (2), pp. 234-250.
AuthorsGalbusera, Laura, Fellin, L. and Fuchs, T.
Abstract

Objective: Increasing evidence supports the efficacy of body-oriented psychotherapy for
schizophrenia. Yet, so far no research has investigated outcome in relation to therapy
process: why and how body-oriented psychotherapy is effective. In this study we
qualitatively explore participants’ experience of a manualized body-oriented
psychotherapy (BPT) for schizophrenia to shed light on the process of therapeutic
change. Method: We conducted in-depth interviews with 6 participants who completed
a 10-week BPT group intervention. Interviews explored participants’ experience of
change and helpful aspects of therapy and were analysed using interpretative
phenomenological analysis. Findings: We identified 6 master themes across the
interviews: (a) Being a whole: body-mind connection; (b) Being agentic and being able;
(c) Being unique and worthy: being accepted for who one is; (d) Changing interactions:
engaging in authentic interpersonal contact; (e) Being part of a group: feeling
integrated; (f) Hope and investing in the future. Conclusion: We discuss the clinical
implications for each theme and bring the findings together by describing therapeutic
change in schizophrenia as a recovery of sense of self at different but interlocked levels.

Moreover, we put forward recommendations for both specific and common factors for
schizophrenia therapy.

Keywordsprocess research; psychosis/severe mental illness; qualitative research methods; body-oriented psychotherapy; interpretative phenomenological analysis
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Journal citation29 (2), pp. 234-250
ISSN1050-3307
1468-4381
Year2017
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/10503307.2017.1321805
Publication dates
Online22 May 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited12 Apr 2017
Accepted15 Mar 2017
Accepted15 Mar 2017
FunderMarie Curie Initial Training Network
Marie Curie Initial Training Network
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Psychotherapy Research on 22.05.17, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10503307.2017.1321805
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