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Counselling Skills in Action

Counselling Skills in Action

Fourth Edition
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March 2020 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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Now in its 4th edition, this bestselling book introduces you to the core counselling and psychotherapy skills you will need for effective therapeutic practice. With an online resource site featuring over 30 videos, you will be taken step-by-step through the skills and strategies needed at each stage of the therapy process.
Learning Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Overview of the Skills-Based Model
Building Your Foundations
The Beginning Stage: Focusing and Connection
The Middle Stage: Exploring and Deepening
The Ending Stage: Reflection and Transition
Working in Practice: Common Issues, Competency and Self-Care
Case Study
Success in Practice: Using Your Learning

A wonderfully clear, focused, and practical guide to counselling skills—illustrated, throughout, with dialogues and case descriptions. Informed and informative, this book will be an excellent companion for any trainees taking the first steps in counselling and psychotherapeutic work.

Mick Cooper
University of Roehampton

For most trainee counsellors and psychotherapists and, indeed, qualified and experienced practitioners too, there is a small number of ‘go to’ books that shout loudly above the noise.  Those books that not only inform and educate, but transcend to define practice itself.  Counselling Skills in Action, now presented here in its Fourth Edition, is one of those texts.  Megan Stafford and Tim Bond have crafted a piece of work that not only remains vital in today’s contemporary practice landscape, but continues to push boundaries and creates space for innovation.  A very welcome addition to my reading list indeed.

Dr Andrew Reeves
Associate Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health

Again another excellent book from Tim Bond with Megan Stafford. The book is a great book for learners of all abilities to understand counselling skills on a deeper level and aid them in developing their own use of skills.

Mrs Sophie Stephenson
Health and Social Sciences, University Centre Grimsby
August 15, 2022

This is an good informative resource for counselling students and trainers. It touches on all the key aspects of clinical practice including ethics, supervision and self-care. With clear explanations and clinical examples, the authors guide and demonstrate the effectiveness of counselling skills in therapeutic practice. Each chapter is packed with clear and accessible information that teaches the transformative art of effective active listening.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
July 8, 2022

A helpful book for the initial stages of counselling training. The authors offer useful detailed explanations on how to use counselling skills effectively. Practical examples illustrate the effectiveness of the skills in the different stages of the counselling process.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
November 17, 2020

A really helpful text which balances theory and practice in an accessible way. There are lots of practical activities and opportunities for reflection to allow counselling students to explore each topic in greater depth, and clear examples of extracts from sessions are provided throughout to aid understanding.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
August 2, 2020

Megan Rose Stafford

Megan R Stafford is a UKCP registered psychotherapist in private practice, a Lecturer at the University of Roehampton, and a Module Leader at Metanoia Institute.  She has worked for many years as a researcher, including work in mental health and wellbeing developing guidelines for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) at the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, and most recently evaluating humanistic therapy for young people at the University of Roehampton.  Megan integrates a developmental, relational and transpersonal approach in her practice, to consider working therapeutically with her... More About Author

Tim Bond

Tim Bond is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Bristol and Visiting Professor to the University of Malta. He has a longstanding commitment to researching and writing about professional ethics for the talking therapies and promoting mental well-being. He is currently a consultant to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy on professional ethics and standards, a member of the Ethics Committee for the British Psychological Society and the Executive Council of the International Association for Counselling. He is a registered member of BACP and provides counselling supervision and training workshops. More About Author