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An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
From Theory to Practice

First Edition
  • Andrew Reeves - Associate Professor, Counselling Professions and Mental Health, BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
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May 2019 | 440 pages | SAGE Texts

This book provides an authoritative introduction to everything one needs to know to become a professional therapist.

An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy takes readers through the entire therapeutic process by introducing the theory and applying it to real-life practice. Drawing on years of experience as a counselling practitioner and researcher, the author links counselling and psychotherapy theory to the development of appropriate skills, and locates it within the context of contemporary therapeutic practices. This ground-breaking textbook represents a benchmark in understanding and applying the principles and practice of counselling and psychotherapy.

Key Features:

• Chapter Overviews and Section Outlines help readers navigate the book and get the most out of it.

• Discussion Questions and Pause for Reflection sections help readers critically engage with and reflect on what they have learnt.

• Case Studies help readers apply key ideas in practice across settings and modalities.

• Companion website features a wealth of chapter-by-chapter resources for both students and lecturers.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
Guided Tour of the Book
 
Chapter 1: Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: From Theory to Practice
1.1 Introduction

 
1.2 Defining Counselling and Psychotherapy

 
1.3 The Emergence of Counselling and Psychotherapy as Disciplines

 
 
PART 1: SETTING THE CONTEXT
 
Chapter 2: Becoming a Counsellor or Psychotherapist: The Training Journey
2.1 Introduction

 
2.2 Embarking on Training and Finding the Right Course

 
2.3 The Challenges and Joys of Training

 
 
Chapter 3: Principal Counselling and Psychotherapy Approaches and Skills
3.1 Introduction

 
3.2 Psychodynamic Approaches

 
3.3 Humanistic Approaches

 
3.4 Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches

 
3.5 Integrative and pluralistic approaches

 
3.6 Other Models of Therapy

 
3.7 Key Counselling and Psychotherapy Skills

 
 
Chapter 4: Professional Settings and Organisations
4.1 Introduction

 
4.2 Working Contexts: Types and Significance

 
4.3 Procedures, policies and guidance

 
4.4 Managing Organisational Expectations

 
4.5 The Independent Practitioner

 
4.6 Conclusions

 
 
Chapter 5: Law, Policy, Values and Ethics
5.1 Introduction

 
5.2 Law for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

 
5.3 Social Policy for Counselling and Psychotherapy

 
5.4 Values and Ethical Practice – and When Things Go Wrong

 
 
PART 2: THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP
 
Chapter 6: Clients and Presenting Issues
6.1 Introduction

 
6.2 Psychopathology and Diagnostic Structure

 
6.3 Anxiety and Panic Attacks

 
6.4 Depression

 
6.5 Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

 
6.6 Eating Disorders

 
6.7 Loss and Bereavement

 
6.8 Suicide and Self-Harm

 
6.9 Sexual Problems

 
6.10 Psychosis

 
6.11 Personality Disorders

 
 
Chapter 7: Managing Aspects of the Therapeutic Relationship
7.1 Introduction

 
7.2 Before the First Session

 
7.3 Using Questions and Making an Assessment

 
7.4 Contracts and Fees

 
7.5 Early Stages of the Relationship

 
7.6 Goal-setting and Reviewing

 
7.7 Working Long Term or Briefly

 
7.8 Managing Endings

 
7.9 After the Client Has Left

 
 
Chapter 8: Challenges in the Therapeutic Relationship
8.1 Introduction

 
8.2 Transference and Countertransference

 
8.3 Dependency

 
8.4 Missed Appointments and Cancellations

 
8.5 The Resistant Client

 
8.6 Self-disclosure

 
 
Chapter 9: Working with Diversity and Difference
9.1 Introduction

 
9.2 Power

 
9.3 Sexual Orientation

 
9.4 Gender

 
9.5 Faith and Spirituality

 
9.6 Culture

 
9.7 Disability

 
 
PART 3: THE PROFESSIONAL SELF
 
Chapter 10: Managing Professional Responsibilities
10.1 Introduction

 
10.2 Communicating with Clients Outside Therapy

 
10.3 Keeping Relationships Appropriate

 
10.4 The Professional Self

 
10.5 The Use of Touch

 
10.6 Working Within One’s Own Competence

 
10.7 Self-care

 
 
Chapter 11: Supervision and Consultation
11.1 Introduction

 
11.2 Defining Supervision and Finding the Right Supervisor

 
11.3 Making the Most of Supervision and Negotiating Difficulties

 
11.4 Reviewing Supervision and Changing Supervisor

 
Chapter 12: Counselling, Psychotherapy and Research

 
12.1 Introduction

 
12.2 A Question of Methodology

 
12.3 Becoming a Researcher and Critically Evaluating Research

 
12.4 Counsellors and Psychotherapists as Critical Consumers of Research

 
12.5 Disseminating Research Findings

 
 
Chapter 13: Endings and the Next Steps
13.1 Introduction

 
13.2 Deciding to Be a Counsellor or Psychotherapist

 
13.3 The Training Journey

 
13.4 Final Words

 
References

 
Index

 

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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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