Sensory approaches are being used increasingly within in-patient mental health, however, few published studies into the service user perspective exist. This interpretative phenomenological study used semi-structured interviews with four women with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) to provide insight into the benefits and applicability of sensory strategies in a mental health rehabilitation setting and their part in the recovery process. Four superordinate themes were identified: barriers to using sensory strategies; emotion regulation; impact of the environment; and empowerment. While preliminary in nature this study highlighted the need for an individualized approach and transferability of strategies into the community.
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Thanks to the participants for giving voice to the experience of service users, and to Cygnet Healthcare and Ulster University for their support of this study.
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- Applied Psychology
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Sensory modulation
- mental health