By the Water’s Edge: a Hermeneutic Look at Suffering and Self-Compassion in Counselling Psychology
What is to be done in response to client suffering? Our aim in this paper is to explore the generative potential in viewing the topic of suffering and self-compassion through an interpretive lens. To accomplish this goal, we review Gadamerian philosophical hermeneutics as a way of understanding these topics while looking to the central tenets of counselling psychology as a guide in elucidating the therapeutic experience. In so doing, we stress the significance in recognizing the interpretive and unique experience of suffering and self-compassion, in turn privileging the client’s conceptualizations and experiences.
KeywordsSelf-compassion Suffering Counselling psychology Hermeneutic philosophy Gadamer
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