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Psychodynamic Counselling in a Nutshell

Psychodynamic Counselling in a Nutshell

Third Edition (Updated Edition)

May 2018 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Susan Howard explains in a clear, jargon-free style, the concepts at the heart of the psychodynamic approach, and, drawing on case material, describes the therapeutic practice which rests on those ideas. Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, the book introduces:

  • the history of the approach
  • main key concepts
  • practical techniques used by practitioners

In the first chapter, you are introduced to a client, Layla, whose case you'll revisit throughout the book, helping you connect theory and practice. This edition also includes new material on working with diversity and difference, neuroscience and extended discussion on ethics.

Chapter 1: Beginnings
Chapter 2: Key Concepts in Psychodynamic Counselling
Chapter 3: How Did We Get Here?
Chapter 4: Putting Concepts into Practice: What Happens in Psychodynamic Counselling?
Chapter 5: Practical Skills in Psychodynamic Counselling
Chapter 6: Psychodynamics and Neuroscience
Chapter 7: Beyond Theory and Practice
Chapter 8: Evidencing Success

Students studying Psychodynamic Counselling will find this third edition absorbing, essential reading. The introduction of case material provides a thread throughout the text and the extra chapters exploring neuroscience and research are useful and vital inclusions. Social work colleagues and other professionals will appreciate the clear explanation of basic concepts.

Pam Firth
The Counselling Foundation

This is an excellent book that demystifies the often complex and confusing theoretical concepts that underpin the psychodynamic approach. A significant strength of it chapter on neuroscience which neatly connects the psychological with the neurological, which has often been neglected in such texts.

Mr Clive Carswell
Counselling, British School of Osteopathy
May 22, 2019

Concise, well written introduction to the basics of psycho dynamic counselling.

Mr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
August 23, 2018

Susan Howard