Client preferences: building bridges between therapy and everyday life

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John McLeod [1], University of Abertay, Scotland                                                                                               


Recent research has shown that taking account of client preferences has a significant positive impact on the outcomes of therapy and reduces client drop-out. Findings from relevant studies, conducted within different research methodologies, are reviewed. Examples are provided of strategies for exploring client preferences and ways of using this knowledge to inform the process of therapy. Effective utilization in therapy of client preferences, strengths and resources requires the adoption of a collaborative, dialogical stance, and an interest in the everyday life of the client. The implications of these ideas for therapy research and practice are discussed.  

This paper is based on material presented at a keynote lecture, PACFA, CAPA and AARC Annual Conference, Sydney, 14th June 2014

Address for correspondence:
Professor John McLeod
Department of Psychology, University of Oslo,
School of Social and Health Sciences,
University of Abertay, Scotland
Institute for Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dublin
Email: j.mcleod@abertay.ac.uk