This book marks an important watershed in the development of psychotherapy. It provides examples of how psychotherapeutic research and the abilities to carry it out can help the practising psychotherapist. A lack of relative knowledge of research in psychotherapy, a history of apparent defensiveness is being evaluated, and a reluctance to work with universities has developed in psychotherapy. The papers represent a cross-section of current research thinking from within the UKCP, North America and Continental Europe. It will prove useful for students and practitioners of psychotherapy, as well as those more traditionally engaged in psychotherapeutic research.The book has been divided into five sections: Section One outlines what is meant by psychotherapeutic research and gives an overview of the features of different research methods. Section Two describes how to get started in the use of qualitative and quantitative methods. Section Three focuses on research into the process of psychotherapy.
Introduction -- Issues in Psychotherapeutic Research -- Psychotherapy research: nature, quality, and relationship to clinical practice -- Case study revisited -- Avoiding the fate of the Dodo bird: the challenge of evidence-based practice -- Questioning psychotherapeutic "evidence" (and research) -- Towards a collaborative approach to clinical psychotherapy research -- Evidence-based practice: issues for psychotherapy -- Getting Started and Exploring Method -- Quantitative approaches to psychotherapy research: using single case evidence in routine psychotherapy practice -- The use of discourse analysis as a way of psychotherapists thinking about their practice -- An exploration of case study method through an examination of psychotherapy with a person with dementia -- Exploring the unknown in psychotherapy through phenomenological research -- Heuristic research -- The use of postmodern feminist methodology to examine the influences of therapists' sexuality -- Researching sensitive and distressing topics -- Researching the Therapeutic Process -- A heuristic—dialogical model for reflective psychotherapy practice -- Psychotherapy research in a postmodern world: discourse analysis and psychoanalysis -- Identifying cohesion in group psychotherapy process -- "The vehicle of success": theoretical and empirical perspectives on the therapeutic alliance in psychotherapy -- Researching Therapeutic Outcomes -- Outcome measurement -- Psychotherapy research: the need for an aetiological framework -- Empirically supported treatments: recent developments in the cognitive—behavioural therapies, and implications for evidence-based psychotherapy -- Psychoanalytically informed research on obesity -- Researching the Therapist and the Therapeutic Context -- Who do you think you are? A study of how psychotherapists' thinking styles affect orientation choice and practice -- Psychotherapists' "personal styles": construing and preferred theoretical orientations