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This is a mightily ambitious book, and one which I would have probably hugged on discovering a decade ago, as I muddled my way through the difficult decision to re-train as a therapist. It’s not just the sheer volume of information it contains that is impressive, but all the generous thoughts and ideas that go with it – chapter overviews and plenty of re-caps, further online and offline reading suggestions, discussion points, skills practice sections, case vignettes and even a companion website offering PowerPoints for tutors.
Questions for discussion and pauses for reflection encourage active engagement with the text. Other features include numerous case studies, suggestions for further reading and a companion website with additional resources. The book is clearly set out and thoroughly user-friendly, which should make it a helpful companion along the way for anyone contemplating counselling or therapy training, and a great resource for trainers.
This book happily combines authoritative knowledge and experience with a winning and engaging style... it is certainly worth the price of the paperback as an investment not only for trainees, but also for qualified counsellors wanting to keep up with their thinking and development.
'Andrew Reeves has produced a very useful and clear introduction to the field. An excellent addition to Sage's growing list on counselling and\psychotherapy' - Windy Dryden, Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies and Programme Co-ordinator of the MSc in Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at Goldsmiths, University of London
This is an outstanding introductory level text in every respect, covering all the major aspects of counselling and psychotherapy.
The text gives a basic overview of the main psychological approaches, followed by in-depth discussion and analysis of the the major aspects of counselling and psychotherapy; including professional practice, research, legal and ethical considerations. The use of case studies and scenarios throughout, help develop a depth of understanding and provide context to the areas explored.
Clear breakdown of different therapeutic models, that are useful for an introductory level
This is a well written and thoughtfully presented text. The format is excellent making the content easily accessed and learner friendly.
I was delighted to discover this book as I needed to update the reading materials for a module I had taken over. Reeves offers a clear and concise introduction to fundamental issues while encouraging the student to find their individual voice. The students have found the questions for self reflection particularly helpful. A little gem of a book.
An accessible, informative text with excellent web-based resources.
Excellent. Very good 'fit' for this level
This is a text which covers a large number of theories. It is a good introductory read.
Of the many books available on this subject, this one is currently the most up to date. It is clear, straightforward and user-friendly.
Very clearly written very useful to postgraduate as well as undergraduate students
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.
Another valuable addition to the resources I use with my students. It's well written and very accessible.
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.
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.
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.
Useful as a supplementary book. Well written.
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.