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Meeting the demand for evidence-based practice

Cooper, Mick (2011) Meeting the demand for evidence-based practice. Therapy Today, 22 (4). pp. 10-16. ISSN 1748-7846

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Abstract

Like many in the counselling and psychotherapy field, when it comes to research, my preference has always been for language-based, ‘qualitative’ inquiry. A few years ago, for instance, I conducted a qualitative interview study asking therapists about their experiences of in-depth encounters with clients.1 As I sat listening to them describing their feelings of ‘aliveness’ and ‘immersion’ at these moments, I experienced a feeling of deep connection in the interview itself. This, it seemed to me, was what counselling and psychotherapy research could really be about: a deep, relationship-based exploration that, in its methods and values, paralleled our own therapeutic work with clients.