Relational-centred Research for Psychotherapists: Exploring Meanings and Experience / Edition 1

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Carrying out research has become increasingly important for psychotherapists in clinical practice. Relational-centred Research for Psychotherapists: Exploring Meanings and Experience addresses this clear need by providing a practical introduction to developing relational-centred qualitative research.

Readers are offered many practical examples of small-scale research that is firmly grounded in clinical experience. Advocating a qualitative research approach, the examples mirror relational-centred practice by placing the emphasis on conducting research with participants, not on them. Finlay and Evans demonstrate that many of the familiar clinical skills, values, and interests of therapists - such as interviewing skills, reflexive interpretation and inferential thinking - are, in fact, transferable to the research domain, while knowledge of research processes and findings can further enhance clinical therapy.

As an accessible introduction to setting up and conducting research, this book is the long-awaited answer to increasing competencies for psychotherapists and counselors in clinical practice.

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"This is a useful and informative introductory book. It sparked my interest in pursuing some of the suggested methods and topics of research within my own setting." (Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand, June 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470997765
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/23/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Finlay teaches Psychology with the Open University, UK, and is an Academic Consultant offering training and mentorship on qualitative research in health care. She is currently working towards registration as an Integrative psychotherapist. She has published widely on topics relating to psychosocial occupational therapy, group work and qualitative research.

Ken Evans is a registered Gestalt and Integrative psychotherapist. He is co-director of the European Institute for Psychotherapeutic Studies, an institute that provides a range of continued professional development workshops for graduate therapists as well as training programmes in clinical supervision, psychotherapy research, and organisational consultancy.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors.

Contributing Authors.


Part I: Engaging Qualitative Research and the Relational-centred Approach.


1. Qualitative Relational-centred Research: A ‘Voyage of Discovery’.

2. Competing Qualitative Research Traditions.

3. Embodied Co-creation: Theory and Values for Relational Research.

4. Challenging ‘Evidence-based Practice’.

5. Quality in Qualitative Relational-centred Research.

Part II: Relational-centred Research: Being and Doing.


6. Setting Up Research.

7. The Research Encounter: Co-creating your Data.

8. Embracing Relational Research: Learning from Therapy.

9. Engaging ‘Process’.

10. Analysis of Data (Linda Finlay and Anna Madill).

11. Relational Ethics.

12. Becoming a Relational Researcher.

Part III: Relational-centred Research in Action.


13. ‘My Heart was Killing Me’: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experience of Anger (Virginia Eatough).

14. A Therapist’s Portrait of a Clinical Encounter with a Somatizer (Maria Luca).

15. Relating through Difference: A Critical Narrative Analysis (Darren Langdridge).

16. A Journey into Survival and Coping by Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (Susan L. Morrow).



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