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An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy

An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
From Theory to Practice

  • Andrew Reeves - Associate Professor, Counselling Professions and Mental Health, BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
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496 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy takes professional trainees through the entire therapeutic process, introducing the theory and applying it to real-life practice. It is, in short, an authoritative introduction to everything a trainee needs to know to become a professional therapist.

Drawing on years of experience as a counseling practitioner and researcher, Andrew Reeves provides a uniquely practical consideration of counseling and psychotherapy theory, linked to the development of appropriate skills and located within the context of therapeutic practice today. Engagingly and accessibly written, the book is packed with learning features including:

  • Chapter Overviews and Summaries
  • Discussion Points
  • A Glossary
  • Indicated Further Reading and Important Websites
  • Skills Practice sections
  • Pause for Reflection sections and Discussion Points at the end of each chapter allow the reader to reflect on learning and consider key aspects of the chapter
  • Scenarios, illustrating key ideas in action across settings and modalities
  • Case Studies and detailed vignettes, including several repeating cases provide comparison between modalities or contexts

This groundbreaking textbook represents a benchmark in understanding - and applying - the principles and practice of counseling and psychotherapy.

Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: From Theory to Practice
Becoming a Counsellor or Psychotherapist: The Training Journey
Principal Counselling and Psychotherapy Approaches and Skills
Professional Settings and Organisations
Law, Policy, Values and Ethics
Clients and Presenting Issues
Managing Aspects of the Therapeutic Relationship
Challenges in the Therapeutic Relationship
Working with Diversity and Difference
Managing Professional Responsibilities
Supervision and Consultation
Counselling, Psychotherapy and Research
Endings and the Next Steps

This is a text which covers a large number of theories. It is a good introductory read.

Ms Sally Riggall
Social Work , University of Lincoln
October 1, 2014

Of the many books available on this subject, this one is currently the most up to date. It is clear, straightforward and user-friendly.

Mr Gerald Willmore
Head of Counselling, Chrysalis Courses
January 26, 2014

Very clearly written very useful to postgraduate as well as undergraduate students

Ms Wendy Wood
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
December 11, 2013

Pleasingly and clearly laid out and accessibly written. This introductory tome provides exposition and application of theory across modalities and contexts. The case studies are full and fully discussed and provide excellent material for student consideration and debate. The inclusion also of discussion questions/issues for reflection are a useful addendum to teaching resources for in-class use, as well as personal consideration.

Mrs Valerie Sanders
Counselor Education , University of Greenwich
December 4, 2013

Another valuable addition to the resources I use with my students. It's well written and very accessible.

Mr Neil Evans
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
October 17, 2013

I like the clear layout of this book and it has some very useful material for the students who are taking our course, for example part 2 on the therapeutic relationship and chapter 5 on law, policy, values and ethics. However, personally I do not like the fact that throughout the book only black or blue font is used with the blue being very uninspiring and difficult to read.

Ms Ann Walker
Department of Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University
September 9, 2013

I am so glad this book has been published as it offers information on virtually every topic a student counsellor will encounter on their level 4/5 course.

The book is clearly presented, with helpful sections dividing topics logically; this is helpful for students new to higher education.

Mr Richard Carroll
School of Health , Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
June 7, 2013

A very clearly written book with lots of useful chapters e.g. section two on The Therapeutic Relationship. Contains a lot of essential information for trainees.

Ms Anne Martin
Counselling Department, Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
May 13, 2013

Useful as a supplementary book. Well written.

Mrs Cheryl Hine
Teacher Training, Leeds City College
April 26, 2013

I have found this book very readable and packed with useful information that will provide a student with an excellent resource when undertaking their training.
It provides a lot of other points of research within it that is so clearly signposted.
I especially like the discussion points.
Well laid out well written and thought provoking for the students and facilitator.

Ms Su Illingworth
Teacher Training, Craven College
April 11, 2013

Andrew Reeves

Dr Andrew Reeves has worked as a counsellor and supervisor in various settings for over twenty years. Originally qualified as a social worker, he specialised in child protection and adult mental health before moving to working full-time as a counsellor at the University of Liverpool. Following the death by suicide of one of his clients early in his career, he undertook extensive research into ways in which counsellors and psychotherapists work with suicidal clients and he has written extensively about this since. His recent book with SAGE, Counselling Suicidal Clients (2010), has quickly become a popular title, as has Key Issues for... More About Author

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