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practicing counsellors. Arguably, these criteria approach homogeneity from a much broader base in comparison to most IPA studies. However, selection on this basis was felt to best illuminate common elements to the concept of ‘boundary’. Other IPA studies within counselling and therapy research have used broad based criteria for the selection of participants. For example Daw and Joseph (2007) used IPA to explore the experiences of personal therapy among qualified therapists. Initially, selection of participants was going to include the participants’ therapeutic tradition as part of the selection criteria (e.g. participants had to be person- centred counsellors). However, this was eventually decided against, due to the complexity of establishing the therapeutic tradition of individual counsellors. For example, participants often had been trained in one therapy but used techniques or approaches from many others. Therefore, using this as selection criteria was often unhelpful. Furthermore, other IPA studies have also included participants from multiple theoretical backgrounds when looking at concepts which span across (rather than are specific to) therapeutic traditions. For example, McGown (2015) explored the therapist’s spontaneous mental imagery and its impact on therapeutic process using therapists from multiple backgrounds. Similarly, this study is looking at a concept which transcends therapeutic traditions – ‘boundaries’, and therefore did not eventually specify the counsellors’ tradition as selection criteria. Therefore, the participants’ selection criteria for this study is in line with other IPA studies within the field. (Please see table below for details of participants). 71 Years Participant Gender Age Ethnicity Tradition Role Other Qualified A Female 40'S White PCA NHS Grief/Nurse 5+ B Female 40'S White PCA Priv/GP 5+ C Female 40'S White PSYCH Priv. 10+ D Male 60'S White PCA Priv/Vol Alcohol/Grief/Supervisor 10+ E Female 50'S White Integ. Vol/Uni Domestic Viol/Students <1 F Female 55-65 Black PCA Priv/GP Lecturer 20+ G Female 50'S White PCA GP/Coll. Tutor 10+
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