The Therapeutic Encounter
A Cross-modality Approach
- David Bott - University of Brighton, UK
- Pam Howard - Brighton University, UK
Counseling & Psychotherapy | Counseling Training & Supervision | Integrative Counseling
The therapeutic encounter is at the core of counseling and psychotherapy training and practice, regardless of therapeutic modality. This book introduces a cross-modality approach to the client-therapist encounter, drawing from humanistic, psychoanalytic, systemic, and integrative approaches.
Chapters introduce a range of client themes – the refusal to join in, the battle for control, the emotionally unavailable etc – and shows how these are enacted in the relationship. The authors invite you, as therapist, to interact creatively with the client, engaging directly in the drama. In this way, they provide a coherent framework within which to understand both the therapeutic relationship and the principles of their approach.
This book is highly recommended for any counseling and psychotherapy trainee, regardless of modality. It is a must-read, with each chapter directly addressing essential teaching and trainee concerns.
This book was not quite what I was expecting. It's exactly the sort of debate I would generate with my students.
Looking at the therapeutic relationship from differing perspectives is valuable.
An interesting read which embraces the therapeutic relationship across various counselling approaches.
A very good book for integrating theory to practice , a book which students will understand as they apply a theoretical perspective to their practice. Written with compassion,warmth and humour it puts the relationship at the heart of the therapeutic encounter .
We will be highly recommending this book to our students to read over the summer between year one and two of the Diploma.
Interesting, engaging and thought provoking throughout.
An accessible interdisciplinary approach.
A straightforward read, with some interesting nuances and variations on the standard integrative approaches to counselling. It will be of interest to those students who are unfamiliar with pluralistic methods and want a broad base from which to start their exploration