Forthcoming issue December 2013 (13:4)

While preparing December’s issue of CPR, I have been thinking a lot about how the research we publish relates to practice. One of the benefits of reading research is that it allows us to put our own experiences from practice into a wider context. I may feel that I know plenty about client experiences of therapy simply from what my own clients tell me, but high-quality research about client experiences can both confirm existing knowledge and challenge assumptions in a way that can improve my practice. The article in this issue which investigates experiences of audio recording in therapy has made me think carefully about how information regarding recording is discussed with clients, and how this can be addressed in training.

Similarly, research into therapists’ experiences can highlight areas of potential difficulty in practice and moments of recognition – ‘that happened to me too!’ – fostering deeper reflection on therapeutic practice and making recommendations to begin to address these areas. Even research that might not appear to relate directly to me can often prompt useful reflection and questions about my practice. I have not attended LGBT-affirmative training, such as that examined in one of our papers this issue, so what does this mean for my practice and my training needs? Am I failing my sexual minority clients if I do not attend specific training in this area?

I hope that reading this issue will prompt a similar process of reflection for you. This latest issue contains research articles covering a broad range of topics, investigating clients’ experiences, therapists’ experiences, trainees and the impact of different treatment interventions. We make CPR’s articles accessible in a variety of ways so that it is as easy as possible to use the research in this way. December’s issue will soon be available both in print copy and online, and practitioner versions of each paper’s abstracts can be accessed on this website or by subscribing, free of charge, to our quarterly e-bulletin. Perhaps you have ideas about how access to our articles could be improved or thoughts about how relevant you feel the research in CPR is to your practice. I would welcome your comments and suggestions on this or any other insights you may have about CPR. If you would like to comment please make contact with me on email at the following address:

Dr Clare Symons
Editor, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research

  • The December 2013 issue of CPR is available online now.
  • BACP members can access all CPR's papers online by first logging in to the BACP members' area at When you're logged in to BACP: Connect click on BACP Account and under the Online Resources list, click on CPR Online and follow the link.
  • CPR's quarterly e-bulletin includes Digests of all the papers in the forthcoming issue of the journal delivered straight to your inbox. Subscribe to CPR e-bulletin.