• Nancy Liscano – Application of Logotherapy in Working with Individuals and Families Experiencing the Syndrome of Migrants with Extreme Migratory Mourning Impact
  • Claudia F. Ezraeelian – TBC
  • Kerry Manera – Making Meaning of Identity & Role: An IPA study of women’s experience from a Counselling Psychology perspective


Nancy Liscano

Title: Application of Logotherapy in Working with Individuals and Families Experiencing the Syndrome of Migrants with Extreme Migratory Mourning Impact


Migration, as most life events, can generate a number of benefits, such as access to new life opportunities and horizons, but also a set of difficulties. Language and cultural barriers, discrimination and challenging situations can cause stress and anxiety. Migration has a problematic side, called ‘stress or migratory grief’. Dr. Joseba Achotegui, a Spanish psychiatrist at the University of Barcelona, has coined the term “Ulysses Syndrome,” which is “a psychological syndrome characterized by chronic stress associated with the problem of migrants to settle in a new place of residence. Ulysses Syndrome refers to a series of symptoms experienced by migrants facing chronic and multiple stressors associated with their experience as migrants.  I Introduced the Ulysses Syndrome Scale for diagnosis   and the application of logotherapy  -as a strategic in the therapeutic and personal development program carried out by Telefono  de la Esperanza UK. Despite recognizing the existence of this stress or migratory grief, it is important to note that it is not appropriate to state that in all cases migration generates the same result, for this would mean denying the existence of a set of positive aspects and the benefits of migration. While migration is often more a solution than a problem, it is a solution that contains, at the same time, part of a problem. Migratory grief is complex and often difficult to manage, especially if the personal and social circumstances of immigrants are problematic, so much so that it can.It is important to remember that human beings possess capabilities to migrate and develop this duel combat between the solution and the problem. Migration has been part of the human evolutionary process and we have the capacity to adapt to our environments. Therefore, it is important to be aware that migration is not, in itself, a cause of mental disorder, but a risk factor with which we have lived for thousands of years. Our work in TEUK uses applications of LOGOTHERAPY in CRISIS INTERVENTION through a HELP LINE service and education in PERSONAL DEVELOMENT. We endeavor to address the question – what does it mean for immigrants to live in the UK? The outcome of our work is to empower people to better manage the challenges of integration and wellbeing in a new and unfamiliar environment.


Claudia F. Ezraeelian

Title: TBC

Affiliation: Regent’s School of Psychotherapy & Psychology


Intention: This doctoral enterprise intends a qualitative understanding of the experience(s) and construction(s) of personhood and ‘self-other’ relatedness, in contexts of sexual-identity based displacement.

Methods: An exploratory pluralistic qualitative design, grounded within participatory ‘user-led’ principles, is employed. Rapprochement of Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis with Foucauldian Discourse Analysis allows for explication of both lived-experiential (-micro) and systemically constructed/responded-too (-macro) constituents of sexual-identity displacement experience. Adult persons experiencing displacement to, or within the UK, in relation to sexual-identity threat(s) are invited as co-researchers, including: persons-seeking asylum, persons with refugee status, internally-displaced persons, and persons refuging through wider citizenship categorisations. Sample streams are intentionally multiple; welcoming diverse self-representations, engagement potentialities and opening-up experiential inclusivity. Data collection utilises semi-structured interviews.

Findings: Researcher reflections on ‘work-in-progress’ are offered, including calls to disrupt canonical constraints encountered within traditionalist (forced) displacement and sexualities work. ‘De-limiting’ intersectional approaches are suggested, with a view to conceptually and methodologically interrupting salient research orthodoxies in preference for research practices which can speak-to the diversity of meaning-systems and experiences pertinent across sexual-identity displacement contexts.

Discussion: Centralising the intersections of systemic discriminations and sexual identity diversity is seminal to critical psychologies and psychotherapies whose practices are allied with the redressal of psycho-social disparities and oppression. Accordingly, this research enterprise seeks to support the development of multi-dimensional insights relevant to clinical, community, public and policy domains – aiding the development of ‘ground-up’ support trajectories targeted to the needs of experiencing expert individuals; foregrounding rather than foreclosing diverse identity visibilities across clinical and political milieus.



Kerry Manera


Title: Making Meaning of Identity & Role: An IPA study of women’s experience from a Counselling Psychology perspective

Affiliation: City University


implications for practice: The research has relevance for practitioner Psychologists, counsellors and coaches as well as within organisational development, wherever the meaning-making process impacts work and relationships.

implications for research: The use of multiple data collection points to access different elements of meaning making; and further research exploring how women make meaning from their conflicting sense of identity and role.


Abstract: This study aimed to qualitatively explore a woman’s lived experience of holding parent, professional, and partner roles in the context of partner work-related absence.  Previous UK research rarely focused on this phenomenon, despite its growing prevalence. The project’s objective was to gain insight into how a woman might make sense of holding multiple roles in relation to herself, others and her world.

A multi-perspectival Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was conducted to access the different aspects of the experience.  Employing a reflexive methodology such as IPA accounted for the double hermeneutic inherent in qualitative research.

Six women were recruited through organisations and working/parenting networks. Data was collected from semi-structured interviews incorporating a visual prompt, and journals kept during one period when each participant’s partner was traveling.

Three master themes emerged, describing the women’s dynamic experience of battling with the uncertainties of their context and making active choices regarding their wellbeing, these states influenced by and influencing a conflicted self-interacting with the external world.  These themes suggested a conflict between participants’ sense of identity and the roles they held, highlighted by their specific context, yet possibly representing an underlying struggle for women holding multiple roles.

The study’s findings have been considered alongside literature pertaining to work-related travel, holding multiple roles, and gender, transition and developmental theories. Additionally, understanding the impact of history on women’s present experiences of meaning-making, even when not explicit, was explored. Highly-functioning women may present in clinical, community and employment settings where this conflict may otherwise be concealed.