Lyris C. Tudhope-Locklear, PsyD is a 2024 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Seattle.

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Michael Toohey, PhD, Committee Chair

Brad Tyson, PsyD, Committee Member

Melissa Kennedy, PhD, Committee Member


Addiction counselors, methamphetamine use disorder, substance use disorder professionals, lived experience, interpretative phenomenological analysis

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This qualitative study explored the lived experience of addiction counselors in their work with clients who have a primary diagnosis of methamphetamine (MA) use disorder. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used as the methodology for this study. A total of seven participants were recruited and met inclusion criteria. Participants engaged in individual, semi-structured interviews. The primary themes that emerged included “Flexibility,” “Understanding,” “Self-Reflection,” “Demanding,” “Encountering Resistance,” “Hope,” “Developing an Individualized Understanding of MAUD,” and “Essentials of Treatment Success.” The findings of the study demonstrate the usefulness of qualitative inquiry to examine the lived experience of addiction counselors in their work with an MA-dependent population and provide guidance on the clinical application of the findings.


Lyris C. Tudhope-Locklear, PsyD, 2024

ORCID Scholar ID# 0009-0001-9281-3660