`With the increasing emphasis on conducting research that makes a difference to governmental and other policy organisations, it seems likely that the kinds of methodologies introduced by Timulak will be of growing interest to researchers. In this respect, the book will be at the cutting edge of developments in counselling and psychotherapy research' - Professor Mick Cooper, University of Strathclyde Doing Research in Counselling & Psychotherapy is a guide to methods used in studying the outcomes and processes of therapy. Introducing a range of methodologies which are used internationally, the author describes different research designs and illustrates them through examples of actual studies. Presenting the findings from key studies, he clearly demonstrates the usefulness of the research in therapeutic practice.Doing Research in Counselling & Psychotherapy is ideal for researchers and for students on courses in counselling, psychotherapy, clinical and counselling psychology and psychiatry. Ladislav Timulak is course director of the MSc in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College, Dublin. He previously worked at the University of Trnava, Slovakia, and has extensive practical experience in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, as well as experience in conducting psychotherapy research and training.
Part I: Psychotherapy and Counselling outcome Research
Despite the fact that psychotherapy and counselling are scientific methods of treating psychological and psychiatric problems and disorders, they are also considered as a sort of social care that is hardly recognised as a treatment. This is stressed, though less so in recent years, by some opponents of psychotherapy and counselling outcome research. The fact that what is happening in the therapeutic relationship cannot be captured in naturally reductive scientific inquiry leads to scepticism about the value of outcome and other research. Furthermore, studying therapeutic outcomes is potentially threatening for therapists, if it shows that their work is not that effective. So, why bother studying whether psychotherapy works?
There may be several reasons. In practice, psychotherapists often ...