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Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy


Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

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    Available in PDF Format | Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy.pdf | English
    John McLeod(Author)

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.


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Book details

  • PDF | 288 pages
  • John McLeod(Author)
  • SAGE Publications Ltd; 3 edition (30 Oct. 2013)
  • English
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  • Health, Family & Lifestyle
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  • By Kindle Customer on 1 September 2017

    Excellent book, fully recommend it to anyone new to the field of research.Massive thumbs up!!!!!!

  • By H. Turner on 19 November 2010

    I had to buy this book for an essay. Whilst the book is heavy going, it provides the information needed. Delivery was free, and much quicker than I anticipated

  • By Jessica Robinson on 20 October 2013

    The book arrived quickly and in great condition. For a used book I expected it to be a bit tatty and out of shape, however it was up to the standard expected of a new book. Definitely purchasing again if possible!

  • By Dancer23 on 19 February 2016

    Straightforward and easy-to-read, I brought this textbook for my counselling psychology doctorate and so far am very happy with the range and depth of content, a solid introductory guide.

  • By victoria peers on 9 March 2014

    Good structured dialogue - breaks things down for the student.Very well put together and good reference materials I could incorporate within my study and written materials.

  • By Leonard Griscti on 10 January 2015

    One of McLeod's great works - clear, accessible and down to earth.

  • By V. Mclaughlin on 10 March 2009

    Used this book whilst doing my MSc in Counselling, research methods module and it was a great easy to understand book.

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