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.
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Klingle, K., Russell-Mayhew, S., Kassan, A. et al. By the Water’s Edge: a Hermeneutic Look at Suffering and Self-Compassion in Counselling Psychology. Int J Adv Counselling 40, 227–236 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10447-018-9322-6