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dc.contributor.authorMiller, Christine Marieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-22T08:01:15Z
dc.date.available2018-06-22T08:01:15Z
dc.date.issued2018-06-21en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:15868en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/83611
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative phenomenological study explored the experience of being in a romantic relationship with a couples therapist. Fourteen spouses participated in semi-structured interviews. Data were analyzed using descriptive phenomenology and themes were identified through meaning units. A majority of spouses experienced ambiguity on whether aspects of their couple relationship were influenced by their therapist partner’s profession or their therapist partner’s personality. Aspects of the therapist partner’s career did spillover into the couple’s relationship, such as limited time spent together, finances, confidentiality, and their therapist partner’s relationship expertise. Spouses talked about the benefits of their therapist partner’s expertise to their couple relationship, such as their therapist partner’s advice and relational skills. At the same time that spouses wanted their therapist partner’s expertise to be present in the couple relationship, spouses also did not want their therapist partner to be their therapist. Nevertheless, spouses felt pride and protectiveness of their therapist partner’s profession. Spouses helped their therapist partner by supporting, listening, and encouraging their partner’s profession. Clinical implications and directions of future research were addressed.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectcouples therapistsen_US
dc.subjectspousesen_US
dc.subjectwork-family spilloveren_US
dc.titleThe Experience of Being Partnered With a Couples Therapist: A Qualitative Inquiryen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentAdult Learning and Human Resource Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Developmenten_US
dc.contributor.committeechairJackson, Jeffrey Brownen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCunanan, Elnora Danaoen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLanders, Ashley Laceen_US


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