Beginning counsellors’ experiences working with children who exhibit externalised behaviours

Jessie D. Guest, Brooke C. Wymer, Jennifer D. Deaton, Christopher J. Hipp, Therese L. Newton, Jonathan H. Ohrt

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Abstract

Counsellors who work with children exhibiting externalised behaviours may struggle to maintain therapeutic presence. Challenging client behaviours may trigger countertransference, thus influencing counsellors’ presence in session. In this study, we examined the experiences of beginning counsellors working with children who exhibit externalised behaviours in counselling sessions. We used thematic analysis and identified six emergent themes related to countertransference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCounselling and Psychotherapy Research
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • children
  • countertransference
  • externalised behaviours

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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