Meaning in life and work among counsellors: a qualitative exploration

Pninit Russo-Netzer, Mirit Sinai, Meytal Zeevi

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Research has shown that meaning in life is beneficial to mental and physical health. Furthermore, having a sense of meaning in work has also been found to generate greater well-being and job satisfaction. However, the literature has paid scant attention to exploring the manner in which meaning in life is experienced among professional care providers such as therapists and counsellors. The purpose of this qualitative study was to provide an in-depth understanding of the experience of meaning in life among counsellors whose work is oriented towards the cultivation of well-being in educational settings. Three themes emerged from the analysis of 46 interviews with Israeli counsellors: (a) the development of meaning in life and work, (b) the sources of meaning in life; and (c) the sources of meaning in the counsellors’ work. Implications for future research and practice regarding the experience of meaning are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-226
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Mar 2020

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  • Educational counselling
  • Meaning in life
  • Meaning in work
  • Multiculturalism
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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