Picture map of Europe with pins indicating European capital cities

Open Access research with a European policy impact...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde's Open Access research outputs. Strathprints provides access to thousands of Open Access research papers by Strathclyde researchers, including by researchers from the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC).

EPRC is a leading institute in Europe for comparative research on public policy, with a particular focus on regional development policies. Spanning 30 European countries, EPRC research programmes have a strong emphasis on applied research and knowledge exchange, including the provision of policy advice to EU institutions and national and sub-national government authorities throughout Europe.

Explore research outputs by the European Policies Research Centre...

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

[img]
Preview
PDF (Elliott 2008 Research on Client Experiences of Therapy: Introduction to the Special Section)
Elliott_ClientExp2008_preprint.pdf - Accepted Author Manuscript

Download (155kB) | Preview

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.