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An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy

An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
From Theory to Practice

First Edition
  • Andrew Reeves - Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health, Senior BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker.
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May 2019 | 440 pages | SAGE South Asia

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.
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

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

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

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





Andrew Reeves

Andrew Reeves is a Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health, a Senior BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a Registered Social Worker. He is a past-Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Fellow of BACP and a Senior Fellow of Advance HE.  He has published extensively on working in counselling and psychotherapy, and particularly in working with risk in a range of organisational settings. He is past Editor-in-Chief of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal and has a long-standing commitment to ethics in the counselling professions, including in writing and research. More About Author

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