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The Therapeutic Encounter

The Therapeutic Encounter
A Cross-modality Approach

February 2012 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

Theorising 'Process': Contemporary Perspectives
The Refusal to Join In
Dilemma: How Can I Take Part if I Can't Make a Mistake?

The Battle for Control
Dilemma: How Can I Find Love When I Can't Show That I'm Vulnerable?

Engaging with the Emotionally Unavailable
Dilemma: How Can I Get Close and Still be Myself?

The Need to be Loved
Dilemma: How Can I Keep Everyone Happy and Still Get My Own Needs Met?

An Inability to Relate
Dilemma: How Can I Get Love and Still Be Self-Sufficient?

Encountering Oppositionality
Dilemma: How Can I Get My Way When I Can't Say What I Want?

Conclusion: The Therapeutic Encounter: A Safe Emergency

This book was not quite what I was expecting. It's exactly the sort of debate I would generate with my students.

Mrs Izzy Poyntz
Department of Psychology, Roehampton University
December 12, 2014

Looking at the therapeutic relationship from differing perspectives is valuable.

Mr Simon O'Donohoe
Faculty of Care, Child Care, Entry Level, Counselling, and Landbased Studies, Carmarthenshire College
August 12, 2014

An interesting read which embraces the therapeutic relationship across various counselling approaches.

Mr David Wright
Health and Social Sciences, University Centre Grimsby
May 14, 2014

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 .

Mr Paul Cassedy
School of Nursing, Nottingham University
May 15, 2013

We will be highly recommending this book to our students to read over the summer between year one and two of the Diploma.

Mrs Susan Draper-Todkill
Counselling, South Nottingham College
March 19, 2013

Interesting, engaging and thought provoking throughout.

Mr Graham Westwell
Applied Health and Social Care, Edge Hill University
October 14, 2012

An accessible interdisciplinary approach.

Dr Stephen Brown
School of Applied Social Sciences, Brighton University
September 28, 2012

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

Mrs Valerie Sanders
Counselor Education , University of Greenwich
May 15, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

David Bott

Pam Howard

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