Life Design Counseling: a study on client's operations for meaning construction

Paulo Cardoso*, Maria Eduarda Duarte, Rui Gaspar, Fátima Bernardo, Isabel Nunes Janeiro, Graça Santos

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This study evaluated the adequacy of the micro-theory of client operations to explain meaning construction during Life Design Counseling. Four adolescents were interviewed about their second counseling session. Their recollections were stimulated through the replay of counseling videotapes. The resulting transcribed interviews were qualitatively analyzed. Results confirmed a sequence of client operations evolving from the symbolic representation of experience and reflexive self-examination towards making new realizations and revisioning self. Moreover, clients reported negative and positive session moments evidencing that clients' attention and activity during the session was not restricted to meaning construction operations. Practical implications for life design counseling are derived from the results and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-21
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Client operations
  • Life Design Counseling
  • Meaning construction


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