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Evidence Based Responsiveness 1: Client Factors

Daryl Mahon (Outcomes Matter, Ireland)

Evidence Based Counselling & Psychotherapy for the 21st Century Practitioner

ISBN: 978-1-80455-733-4, eISBN: 978-1-80455-732-7

Publication date: 9 February 2023


Thus far, I have introduced the reader to evidence based practice in a broad sense, and evidence based relationships across important variables. In this chapter, I further build on this by extending the need for evidence based responsiveness as applied to client factors. While the practitioner brings themselves and their bag of tools to the therapy encounter, the client brings not just their presenting problem, but their characteristic way of thinking about their problems and how they manage distress and change. Therefore, the supportive practitioner will be best served to understand how these client factors manifest for each individual that they work with. The purpose of this chapter then, is to discuss coping style, reactant level, stage of change, attachment style, and client preferences, within the context of the practitioner being responsive to these factors as they impact on therapy outcomes.



Mahon, D. (2023), "Evidence Based Responsiveness 1: Client Factors", Evidence Based Counselling & Psychotherapy for the 21st Century Practitioner, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 85-98.



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