Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Paperback)
  • Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Paperback)

Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Paperback)

Paperback 288 Pages
Published: 15/12/2014

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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.


Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN: 9781446201398
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 242 x 170 mm


The third edition of this book doesn’t disappoint.  The thoughtful and accessible manner in which it is written lends it to being a valuable and highly recommended resource.

This easy to navigate, comprehensive and crucial resource is a masterpiece –  compelling for novice and experienced researchers alike. McLeod skilfully guides you through the process of planning, designing and developing your research study, through to dissemination of your knowledge findings. The insights offered inspire confidence even in the most apprehensive researcher. This is a classic, oozing with practical advice, underpinned by 9 key guiding principles.  Updated and rewritten to include an invaluable companion website – a must for every student and lecturer.


It is with pleasure I offer my endorsement to this latest offering from John McLeod, whether as a companion to his earlier An Introduction to Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013), or as a stand-alone resource, this book offers counselling and psychotherapy students, practitioners and academics practical help not only in formulating a research project but also in orientating themselves to the becoming of a researcher. Another invaluable contribution to the field from McLeod. 

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