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`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.

Descriptive Investigation of the Therapeutic Process
Descriptive investigation of the therapeutic process

Some process research strategies focus on detailed investigations of how the therapeutic process leads to therapeutic change. The most frequent methodological procedure is the descriptive approach, which we will consider in this chapter; a slightly less frequent procedure is testing theories of therapeutic change (see Chapter 12). Detailed examination of the therapeutic process is important for the development of new therapeutic approaches. The relevance of the problems studied, the use of session transcripts and clients' and therapists' views of the therapeutic process make this kind of research potentially attractive to practitioners. The relevance of this kind of research is reflected in the large number of process studies despite the fact that these are usually ...

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