In this chapter I summarise the main findings from more than 60 years of research of Person-Centred-Experiential (PCE) psychotherapies. I begin by pointing out the pioneering contributions of Carl Rogers to this literature. The body of the chapter summarises three main areas of research: First, the highly promising evidence on the quantitative effects of PCE therapies, drawing on a large meta-analysis (Elliott et al., 2013); second, research on client in-session processes, particularly the various attempts to capture the sequence by which clients change over time in therapy and the relation of these processes to outcome; third, the contribution of therapists and therapy methods to client change, including the sometimes-controversial research on therapist process guiding (e.g., chair work). I conclude with an account of how PCE therapists can become more involved in research and describe a research pathway aimed at helping their approach find a more secure place in mental health care policy.
|Title of host publication||Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy|
|Subtitle of host publication||Developments and Contemporary Considerations|
|Editors||Colin Lago, Divine Charura|
|Place of Publication||Maidenhead, Berkshire|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2016|
- person centred counselling
- person centred therapy
Elliott, R. (2016). Research on person-centred/experiential psychotherapy and counselling: summary of the main findings. In C. Lago, & D. Charura (Eds.), Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy: Developments and Contemporary Considerations (pp. 223-232). Maidenhead, Berkshire.