Meeting the demand for evidence-based practice

Mick Cooper

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-16
Number of pages7
JournalTherapy Today
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


  • counselling
  • psychotherapy
  • therapeutic work


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