Keynote address: "The promise and problem of the personal"

Activity: Academic talk or presentation types › Invited talk


Research that creates, draws from and works with the researcher’s first-person accounts offers the potential for engaged, productive and provocative inquiry within counselling and psychotherapy. In this keynote I will offer an insight into approaches to research such as autoethnography, reflexive inquiry and writing-as-method-of-inquiry, and will make an argument for their urgency and importance to the field. I will offer examples, including from my own work, and in amongst these discussions I will pay attention to some of the problems, such those that relate to ethics and ontology. Finally, I shall hazard at some suggestions for those considering first-person inquiry.
Period30 Sep 2017
Event titleUK Council for Psychotherapy: Annual Research Conference
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map


  • Psychotherapy
  • Autoethnography
  • Writing as method of inquiry