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Academic research papers by Stephanie Jeans © 2013

Sexuality of the Middle-Class, Midlife Woman: Research on the Nature and Significance of Sexual Satisfaction Within a Long-Term Relationship


The question of sustained sexual interest and fluctuating libido in the midlife (40-50 years), monogamous heterosexual woman in a long-term relationship, has tended to be researched in the context of abnormality or ill health. Academic studies have not adequately addressed emotional needs and perceptions. Popular culture indicates that this is an age when far from losing interest in sex, the healthy, middle-aged woman embraces her sexuality. This paper seeks to examine the reality of this demographic's sex lives and unearth views held by those who have been with one partner for 15 years or more. Specifically this research looks at factors affecting sexual satisfaction and significance attached to sex within the relationship. While results indicate that all regard intimacy as vital, many are not sexually satisfied and suppress the relevance of enjoyment as secondary to other assigned roles. Pleasurable sex is linked to an emotional and intimate connection between spouses, which stems from effective and consistent communication. The implications are such that if needs can be effectively conveyed in a relationship, a healthy sexual interaction can be nurtured and grown as part of a long-term relationship, as opposed to diminishing in importance.

How Does Early Childhood Experience Impact on Adult Anxiety?


An investigation into adult anxiety that seeks to link its causes to invalidated childhood experiences and fearful emotions. My personal narrative indicates that the source of my chronic and prevalent feeling of dread has its roots in an unsafe world growing up. My anxiety is an indication that something has threatened the integrity of my meaning structure (Rowe, 2006, p. 49) and I seek to understand the source of implicitly perceived dangers.

Having made sense of my childhood experiences, I identify the benefits for both my personal existence and my therapeutic practice. In reconstructing my childhood narrative and validating my youthful fears, I am able to reduce my adult unease and augment my life quality. I also conclude that examining my inherent and hitherto unconscious biases will inevitably enhance my good practice as a counsellor (BACP, 2009) as “racial identity development entails a continual and deliberate practice of self-examination and experiencing” (Thompson & Carter, eds. 1997, p.17).

An Enquiry into the Experience of Bereaved Parents of Professional and/or Paraprofessional Counselling and Support


While we must all inevitably endure the loss of a loved one, outliving a child is alien. It goes against the expected natural circle of life and robs parents of a future of hopes and dreams. While any death can elicit significant distress, a bereaved parent may feel particularly isolated and betrayed.

As a bereaved parent, I was supported by both a professional therapist and by volunteers in a support organisation for those who had lost a child. In parallel process, I began my counselling career supporting the grief-stricken using listening skills, and then progressed to qualified professional. My interest in what dictates effective support for bereaved parents stems from my own experiential learning.
The focus of this essay is therefore an enquiry into the experiences of the bereaved parent of both professional and paraprofessional counselling and support. I examine literature to contrast relative strengths, flaws and differences in an attempt to ascertain if one demonstrates greater grief counselling efficacy.

My findings are that each provides relevant and effective support; however, success is ultimately dependent on the motivation of the clients themselves. This has then evolved into my Research Question, which is to explore and evaluate more specifically what bereaved parents consider constitutes effective support.
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