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In this book bestselling author John McLeod examines the multiple ways in which research can be used to inform and enhance counselling practice. The author discusses how research impacts on policy and practice, covering research knowledge, values, research awareness and skills. Further chapters cover: • Using research to understand the therapy process and outcomes • Using research to make sense of other lives • Using client feedback to enhance practice • Using research to build professional networks and effective organisations. The book can be used throughout training on counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology courses, to support the development of professional competencies and personal development. It will also be valuable reading for both practitioners and researchers.

Using Research to Understand the Client’s Perspective on Therapy
Using Research to Understand the Client’s Perspective on Therapy
Introduction

An inevitable aspect of training and working as a therapist is the tendency to make sense of therapy from a professional perspective that is heavily influenced by therapy theories and assumptions. In addition, the therapy room becomes familiar territory – one’s own space – and it becomes hard to relate to the experiences of clients for whom entering that space may be a terrifying prospect. Therapists are usually highly skilled at listening to their clients, but what they hear is the voice of the client within the context of therapy sessions, which may be different from their everyday voice. For these reasons, it can be helpful for ...

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