`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.

Some Methodological Problems of Researching the Therapy Process

Some methodological problems of researching the therapy process

Before we look at some forms of process research, I focus on some of the problems encountered in this research. Many of these problems arise from the complexity of the therapeutic process, which challenges the research strategy. We will focus on six problems in psychotherapy and counselling process research:

  • The necessity of simplifying the therapeutic process for research purposes.
  • The importance of the context of the studied therapy for the generalizability of findings.
  • The non-linearity of the processes involved in the therapeutic process.
  • The issue of the responsiveness of therapy participants to the changing reality of the therapeutic process.
  • The problem of differences between client and therapist perspectives.
  • The ethical ...
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