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Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Third Edition
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December 2014 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

From leading researcher and bestselling author, John McLeod, this substantially rewritten and restructured third edition is the most accessible and comprehensive 'how to' guide on conducting a successful research project in counselling and psychotherapy. Taking you step-by-step through the research process, this new edition includes:


  • A list of 9 basic principles for doing meaningful and practically useful research
  • Chapters on basic research skills: developing a research question, critically evaluating research studies, compiling a research proposal, using qualitative and quantitative methods, and fulfilling the requirements of ethics committees
  • Chapters on 5 main types of research product that can be accomplished by novice researchers: qualitative interview studies, systematic case studies, practice-based outcome research, autoethnographic inquiry, and publishable literature reviews
  • Guidance on how to get your work published.


Supported by a companion website ( offering relevant journal articles, sample ethical consent forms, links to open access research tools and more, this is an indispensable resource for any counselling trainee or practitioner learning about the research process for the first time.

John McLeod is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of Abertay Dundee.


Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Basic Principles
Reading the Literature: Placing Research in Context
Developing Your Research Question
The Research Proposal
Ethical Responsability
Criteria for Evaluating the Quality of a Research Study
Using Quantitative Methods
Using Qualitative Methods
Basic Research Tools
Carrying Out a Publishable Literature Review
Using Qualitative Interviews to Explore the Experience of Therapy
Evaluating Outcome: Practice-based Research
Carrying Out a Systematic Case Study
Using Personal Experience as a Basis for Research
Disseminating the Findings of your Research Study
Buinding on Basic Research Competence: Further Possibilities

A good introductory guide for trainee counsellors who are new to research concepts.

Mrs Julie Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
February 5, 2015

Some good chapters e.g. ethical responsibility; literature review but qualitative and quantitative methods not given sufficient attention.

Dr Fiona McSweeney
Social Science , Dublin Institute of Technology
January 26, 2015

good for quick reference and also for step by step guidance for students conducting research projects.

Ms Tapo Chimbganda
Children, Young People and Families, Leeds Trinity University
January 21, 2015

Excellent text book with resources.

Mr Maninder Bains
Counselor Education , Walden The Roots
January 13, 2015

An excellent resource for the research module of the level 4 programme

Mrs Julie K Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
January 5, 2015

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