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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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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.
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  


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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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