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Does counselling work?

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Research into person-centred/experiential counselling indicates that a client entering person-centred/experiential counselling is likely to show much change over the course of his/her therapy.

In a review of research into person-centred/experiential counselling Elliott & Freire found that person-centred/experiential counselling is

‘…associated with large pre-post client change … [that is]…maintained over…follow-ups.’

and that clients in person-centred/experiential counselling show

‘…large gains relative to clients who receive no therapy.’1 



Researchers have characterised change through counselling/psychotherapy in various different ways. Click here for four different ways of characterising change through counselling/psychotherapy – each of which you can use to get an idea of what change you might expect from your counselling.

If you have had some counselling and would like to contribute to research on the effectiveness/ helpfulness of counselling by filling out a form that asks about your experience please click here.



Other resources or forms of support (such as appropriate/relevant information, self-help support groups, group therapy)2 are also important or perhaps necessary for working with your concerns, difficulties or distress. Click here for links to some possible resources.

1R Elliott & E Freire, ‘The Effectiveness of Person-Centred/Experiential Therapies: A Review of the Meta-analyses’ in M Cooper, J C Watson & D Hӧlldampf (eds.), Person-Centred and Experiential Therapies Work: A Review of the Research on Counselling, Psychotherapy and Related Practices (Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books, 2010) 9.

2See C Whitfield, Healing The Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families (Florida: Health Communications, 1987) 142.