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Research on client experiences of therapy : introduction to the special section

Elliott, Robert (2008) Research on client experiences of therapy : introduction to the special section. Psychotherapy Research, 18 (3). pp. 239-242. ISSN 1050-3307

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Abstract

Why study client therapy experiences? Examination of client experiences is central to advancing theoretical understandings of mediational processes in therapy (i.e., how therapeutic processes get translated into postsession and posttreatment change); this, in turn, has implications for predicting outcome. Furthermore, understanding the potential range and forms of client experience is an important component of therapeutic skill and can be assumed to lead to greater understanding of particular clients and to more effective interventions. Specifically, knowledge about key overlooked aspects of client in-session experience (especially regarding covert processes such as hidden dissatisfaction or conscious avoidance) can be used to help therapists work more effectively with their clients.

Item type: Article
ID code: 19997
Keywords: psychotherpay, therapy, clients, research, client experience, Psychology, Clinical Psychology
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Counselling
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2010 09:16
Last modified: 23 Jul 2015 17:10
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/19997

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