Enjoying Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research


This textbook provides a guide to the development of a rigorous and creative researchsupported practice for students, practitioners, andresearchers in counselling and psychotherapy.
With an emphasis on critical thinking and “research mindedness”, it introduces practical
research skills and links them to self-awareness and critical reflection. Learning how to
creatively and effectively use oneself in the treatment process is an essential component in
therapy training and this level of self-awareness has long been a neglected area in research –
until now. With examples ranging from private therapeutic practice to psychiatric related
research, each chapter combines ‘how-to-do-it’ advice with illustrative real-life examples. The
authors outline the use of a broad range of research methods, embracing Arts- as well as RCTbased research, and covering qualitative, quantitative, pluralistic and mixed methods
approaches. Whether you are engaging with research for the first time or already developing
your own research projects, if you are a student at diploma level or taking a Postgraduate
research course for counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychotherapists, this is
essential reading for anyone looking for a book that combines self-awareness with analytical
and practical skills.


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