Humanistic psychotherapy research 1990-2015: from methodological innovation to evidence-supported treatment outcomes and beyond

Lynne Angus, Jeanne Cherry Watson, Robert Elliott, Kirk Schneider, Ladislav Timulak

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Over the past twenty five years, humanistic psychotherapy (HP) researchers have actively contributed to the development and implementation of innovative practice-informed research measures and coding systems. Qualitative and quantitative research findings, including meta-analyses, support the identification of HP approaches as evidence-based treatments for a variety of psychological conditions. Implications for future psychotherapy research, training and practice are discussed in terms of addressing the persistent disjunction between significant HP research productivity and relatively low support for HP approaches in university-based clinical training programs, funding agencies and government-supported clinical guidelines. Finally, specific recommendations are provided to further enhance and expand the impact of humanistic psychotherapy research for clinical training programs and the development of treatment guidelines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-347
Number of pages18
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Issue number3
Early online date17 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2015


  • psychotherapy
  • outcome research
  • process research
  • theory-building
  • therapist techniques
  • politically expedient research
  • humanistic psychotherapy

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