“The Parallel Dialogue”: Parental experience of their role in the relationship with their child’s counsellor/psychotherapist

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The parent–therapist relationship is a central consideration in child counselling and psychotherapy, particularly in private practice where parents are typically financially, emotionally and practically invested in the process. The relationship, which can be ambiguous and anxiety-laden on both sides, has historically received scant attention in therapeutic discourse, leading to gaps in practitioner confidence and training. In this context, and seeking to centre parent voices, this study provides an interpretative phenomenological analysis of four mothers’ experiences of their role in the relationship with their child’s therapist. …

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