Psychotherapeutic Treatment in Combination with Relaxation in a Flotation Tank: Effects on " Burn-Out Syndrome "

  • Kjellgren A
  • Buhrkall H
  • Norlander T
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Abstract

The focus of this study was to investigate experiences gained from treatment combining relaxation in flotation tank with psychotherapy for sufferers from " burn-out syndrome " . Six people participated in a ten week program. They were all interviewed; the data were analyzed using the Empirical Phenomenological Psychological method. Five themes emerged: (a) direct experiences during flotation, (b) effects due to the treatment sessions, (c) psychological transformation, (d) reflections about the treatment program, and (e) demanding and rewarding psychological process over time. All participants went through psychological transformations and improvements in quality of life. At the end of the treatment program, all participants were able continue working full time. This combined program seems to be more therapeutically beneficial than flotation tank treatment alone.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Depression
  • Phenomenology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Relaxation
  • Stress
  • and Flotation Tank Treatment

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Authors

  • Anette Kjellgren

  • Hanne Buhrkall

  • Torsten Norlander

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