What is it about?

IAPT is often perceived as being a negative place for counsellors to work, with its diagnostic, nomothetic, manualised approach to mental health. This paper explores the journey of one counsellor through that working environment to illuminate the positives of working in IAPT.

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Why is it important?

Many of the papers and studies about IAPT are from the perspectives of groups or organisations. This paper takes an individual perspective, based on eight years of experiencing the programme as a counsellor. In so doing it offers lived experience, rather than opinion, subjective reflexivity rather than objectivity.


I took two key benefits from this study: I extended my knowledge and experience as a researcher by using the, little adopted analytical autoethongraphy as a methodological approach; also this exercise facilitated a deep reflexivity on the eight years of my service in IAPT, highlighting the benefits I had gained during that time.

Richard Mason
University of Chester

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This page is a summary of: An exploration of how working in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, might affect the personal and professional development of counsellors: an analytical autoenthnographic study, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, August 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2018.1516860.
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