An exploration into the client at the heart of therapy: a qualitative perspective

Rodgers, Brian (2003) An exploration into the client at the heart of therapy: a qualitative perspective. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 2 1: 19-30. doi:10.1080/14779757.2003.9688290

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Author Rodgers, Brian
Title An exploration into the client at the heart of therapy: a qualitative perspective
Journal name Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-9757
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14779757.2003.9688290
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 2
Issue 1
Start page 19
End page 30
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Over 50 years ago Eysenck challenged the existing base of research into psychotherapy. Since that time, a large number of investigations have been conducted to verify the efficacy of therapy. Recently however, an increasing number of studies have cast new doubts on this research base. Instead of therapy being a function of the therapist, it is now becoming ever more apparent that the client plays a prime role in the therapeutic process. The qualitative studies presented in this paper provide some examples of research that demonstrates that clients are actively involved in their therapy, even making counselling work despite their counsellor. These studies suggest that clients may not experience therapy as beneficially as traditional outcome studies indicate. This raises a new challenge to researchers to more fully explore the client's experience of therapy, a challenge to which qualitative methods of inquiry would appear well suited.
Keyword Psychotherapy process and outcome research
Qualitative methods
Client experiences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Title and Abstract also in German and Spanish: "Eine Untersuchung zu Forschung über Klienten und den Kern von Therapie: Eine qualitative Perspektive" / "Una exploración de la investigación sobre el cliente en el corazón de la terapia: una perspectiva cualitativa".

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