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Therapy Outcome book
In Chapter 2, we focused on therapy process, that is, what happens in therapy sessions. The present chapter will focus on therapy outcome, which is what therapy does (Orlinsky et al., 1994). Therapy outcome can be determined by examining multiple perspectives at various levels of session analysis. One can assess outcome from the client’s perspective, the therapist’s perspective, and the perspective of an impartial other (i.e., clinical supervisor or researcher). Treatment outcome also can be measured at various levels of analysis, both subjective and objective, including the impact of critical session experiences, post session changes in mood (i.e., symptoms of anxiety and depression), and changes in functioning in the general spheres of living (i.e., interpersonal, social, academic, work, etc.).