Qualitative Research Approaches for Psychotherapy offers the reader a range of current qualitative research approaches congruent with the values and practices of psychotherapy itself: experience-based, reflective, contextualized, and critical.

This volume contains fourteen compelling, challenging new essays from authors in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, writing from a range of theoretical and cultural perspectives. The book covers both established and emerging approaches to qualitative research in this field, beginning with case study, ending with postqualitative, and with hermeneutic, reflexive, psychosocial, Talanoa, queer, feminist, critical race theory, heuristic, grounded theory, authoethnographic, poetic and collaborative writing approaches in between. These chapters introduce and explore the complexity of the specific research approach, its assumptions, challenges, ethics, and potentials, including examples from the authors’ own research, therapeutic practice, and life. The book is not a ‘how to’ guide to methods but, rather, a stimulus for psychotherapy researchers to think and feel their way differently into their research endeavours.

This book will be an invaluable resource to postgraduate students, practitioners and established researchers in psychotherapy who are undertaking (or considering) qualitative research for their projects. It will also appeal to course tutors and trainers looking for a volume around which to structure a qualitative research methods course.

1. Into the Thick of It: Troubling Case Studies and Researching Close to Therapeutic Practice  2. Hermeneutic Phenomenology: Exploring and Making Meaning of Lived Experience in Psychotherapy Research  3. Using Performative Meta-Reflexivity in Psychotherapy Research  4. A Psychosocial Coming into Play: Researching Authenticity in Therapy, The Academy, and Friendship  5. Feminist Research in Psychotherapy: The Strange Case of The United Kingdom’s ‘Hostile Environment’ Policy  6. Critical Race Theory: A Methodology for Research in Psychotherapy  7. Pasifika Research Methodologies and Psychotherapy  8. Queering Psychotherapy Research: Collaborative Autoethnography and Fossicking  9. Critical Heuristics in Psychotherapy Research: From ‘I Who Feels’ to ‘We Who Care—and Act’  10. Keeping It Real: Grounded Theory for a Profession on the Brink  11. Researching from the Inside: Using Autoethnography to Produce Ethical Research from Within Psychotherapy Practice  12. (Re)searching Poetically: Poetic Inquiry in Psychotherapy  13. Putting Ourselves in the Picture: Phototherapy, Collaborative Writing, and Psychotherapy Research  14. From Post-Qualitative Inquiry Towards Creative-Relational Inquiry in (And Beyond) the Education/Training of Therapists  15. Re-Searching Research: Reflections on Contributions to Qualitative and Post-Qualitative Research