`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 III: Context and Practice
Psychotherapy and counselling research is broader than simply outcome and process research. In Chapter 13, I will briefly outline what else can be covered by the umbrella of research in psychotherapy and counselling.
There is another issue that I will focus on in this part of the book: an issue I have alluded to throughout the book. It is the research-practice link. Though there are different partial goals of psychotherapy and counselling research, the ultimate objective of research in psychotherapy and counselling is to improve therapeutic practice and thus achieve better outcomes for clients. I will discuss this area in Chapter 14.[Page 156]