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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author De Lange, Erica Françoise
Email ericadelange@absamail.co.za
URN etd-10092010-133545
Document Title The fortigenic exploration of psychotherapists’ experiences in full-time private practice
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Prof D Beyers Supervisor
  • fortology
  • fortigenic qualities
  • psychotherapists
  • full-time private practice
  • well-being
  • salutogenesis
  • positive psychology
  • fortigenesis
  • qualitative research
  • postmodernism
  • conversation and short story
  • narrative approach
  • narrative synthesis
  • synergy
  • self-reflexivity
Date 2010-09-03
Availability unrestricted
Psychotherapists in full-time, long-term private practice face a variety of occupational demands. They usually maintain private practices for long periods of their lives often under difficult circumstances and emotional pressures and have come to sustain their practices. From literature it is revealed that various demands, as well as benefits and successes are part and parcel of working in private practice full-time. These various factors can have an impact on the well-being of psychotherapists.

Apart from the literature review, the personal experience of the researcher, a psychotherapist in full-time private practice, also contributed to ideas and hypotheses about the study. From a position of exploration and further enquiry, the researcher was interested to explore the experiences of psychotherapists in full-time private practice from a fortigenic perspective. A second objective was to determine if this study could contribute to the development of the theoretical assumptions of positive psychology.

The research is grounded in the theoretical perspective of positive psychology and fortigenesis. Both these fields are relatively new in psychology and seem to still be forging a niche within the discipline. This perspective was deliberately chosen due to the applicability to the exploration of strengths and vigour, with regards to the maintenance of the professional context of the psychotherapist.

The qualitative research process is presented in a narrative approach by means of narrative synthesis and synergy. The findings of the research conversations are presented in the form of a literary short story.

Suggestions are made about the fortigenic qualities of psychotherapists essential for maintaining their work in full-time private practice. It’s applicability and usefulness is discussed. Furthermore, suggestions are made with regards to the field of positive psychology and the way forward for this sub-discipline. Ideas relating to narrative research and qualitative research are also discussed.

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Please cite as follows:

De Lange, EF 2010, The fortigenic exploration of psychotherapists’ experiences in full-time private practice, PhD thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-10092010-133545/ >


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