Many counselling and psychotherapy researchers are suspicious of the pronouncements of practitioners because they are not backed up by research. Similarly, practitioners tend to ignore research findings because they consider that they have little relevance to their clinical practice.

This book bridges the gap that currently exists between research and practice in counselling and psychotherapy by providing detailed clinical examples of the practical relevance of research. It brings together contributions from leading British and American psychotherapy researchers, who describe their research programmes and explore how their findings can substantially inform therapeutic practice. The book calls for the close integration of research, skills training and supervised clinical practice on training courses.

Discovery-Oriented Research on How to Do Psychotherapy

Discovery-oriented research on how to do psychotherapy
Alvin R.Mahrer

I am trying to answer two questions. The first one is: How can we do research to help discover how to do psychotherapy? If this way of wording the question is not clear, here are some other ways: How can we discover the secrets of psychotherapy? How can we do research so that what is discovered helps contribute to a science of psychotherapeutic practice (Mahrer, 1985)? How can we do research so that the pay-off makes a difference in what psychotherapists can do in their sessions?

The first part of the chapter is an attempt to answer this question. However, the answer will be more of an overview than a detailed mapping ...

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