By Mick Cooper
SAGE Publications, September 2008
Paperback ISBN: 9781847870438
Hardcover ISBN: 9781847870421
The perception that therapists and their techniques play the most significant role in influencing the outcome of treatment is challenged in a new research review. Written by Professor Mick Cooper of the University of Strathclyde, the book concludes that the most important factor in successful therapy is a client, or patient, who is motivated and engaged and who is able to use therapy to build on his or her strengths.
Professor Cooper also finds that a strong relationship between therapist and client is one of the best indicators of a positive therapeutic outcome, and is far more significant than a therapist's particular techniques and approach.
The book, which is the first reader-friendly summary of research findings in the field, also offers advice to people who are considering seeing a therapist, on their choice of practitioner and the best type of therapy available to them.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) (2008, October 17). Clients, not practitioners, make therapy work. BACP Media Centre. Retrieved November 11, 2008, from http://www.bacp.co.uk/media/index.php?newsId=1070