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Macaskill, N. Macaskill, A. (1992). Psychotherapists-In-Training Evaluate their Personal Therapy: Results of a UK Survey. Brit. J. Psychother., 9(2):133-138.

(1992). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 9(2):133-138


Psychotherapists-In-Training Evaluate their Personal Therapy: Results of a UK Survey

Norman Macaskill and Ann Macaskill

A national survey of the personal therapy experiences of UK Senior Registrars in Psychotherapy found that 87% reported their personal therapy had a moderate to very positive effect on both their work with patients and in their personal lives. Positive effects included increased self-awareness (76%), increased self-esteem (47%) and reduction in symptoms (43%). The most common primary goals for personal therapy were personal growth and the resolutions of personal problems.

No trainees reported purely negative outcomes for their therapy but 38% reported some negative effects from their therapy. The main negative effects were psychological distress (29%) and marital or family stress (13%).

These results are discussed in relation to previous research on personal therapy.

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