Practise What you Preach: Counsellors’ Experience of Practising Buddhist Counselling in Thailand

  • Chomphunut Srichannil
  • Seamus Prior


This qualitative study considers Thai counsellors’ experience of practising Buddhist Counselling in Thailand, exploring how Buddhist philosophy is integrated into the counsellors’ personal lives and then brought into their therapeutic practice. The study involved a focus group and in-depth, semi-structured interviews with five practising Buddhist counsellors, with their accounts being analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Findings indicated that the participants considered their personal qualities as being key in generating therapeutic effectiveness within their Buddhist Counselling, and they believed that they fostered these personal qualities by internalising Buddhist ideas into their personal lives and by observing Buddhist practices. Implications for counselling practice, training, and research are discussed.


Buddhist Counselling Thailand Counsellors’ experience Interpretative phenomenological analysis 



With heart-felt thanks to all participants for their valuable contributions to the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Research and Applied PsychologyFaculty of Education, Burapha UniversityChonburiThailand
  2. 2.Counselling and Psychotherapy School of Health in Social ScienceThe University of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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