Epiphany Storytelling as a Means of Reinforcing and Embedding Transformational Therapeutic Change


  • Joan Fletcher


Recently the mental health field has seen a groundswell of interest in user perspectives as a crucial element of enlightened research, training and service enhancement. Despite a stated commitment to user empowerment and collaboration, due to a range of ethical concerns there has been relatively little research into the phenomenological, micro-momentary experience of those on the receiving end of therapy. We have failed to mine the rich experience of clients, particularly members of social minority groups. This paper aims to address this gap by shedding light on the intricacies of the therapeutic relationship; the alchemy between a particular professional and client that can lead to profound and transformational change. The paper highlights the somatic-affective-cognitive-spiritual dimensions to such encounters or “turning points”, their autobiographical significance and how these dimensions can usefully be encapsulated and explored within the concept of “epiphany”.

Author Biography

Joan Fletcher

Joan Fletcher is a lecturer in social work at Goldsmiths, University of London. Alongside the twenty years she has spent training social workers, Joan has maintained close links with practice by training and working as a psychotherapist and consultant, specialising in the areas of; “working with difference and diversity”, internalised oppression; conflict management and group work with survivors of sexual abuse. Her current research relates to relationship based social work, service users’ experiences of change moments in therapeutic encounters, and a Department of Health funded study into diversity and progression on social work courses.




How to Cite

Fletcher, J. (2008). Epiphany Storytelling as a Means of Reinforcing and Embedding Transformational Therapeutic Change. European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, (3), 30–37. Retrieved from https://ejqrp.org/index.php/ejqrp/article/view/19