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The Therapeutic Relationship in Counselling and Psychotherapy

The Therapeutic Relationship in Counselling and Psychotherapy

January 2015 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What is a therapeutic alliance? How do I create a bond? What might lead to the alliance breaking down? What do I do when the relationship feels stuck?


These are just some of the questions addressed in this important new book for trainee and qualified therapists wanting to understand, engage in and make the most of the therapeutic relationship.


Taking you through each stage of the therapeutic process, from initial boundary setting to effective endings, the book considers a number of different settings and client groups such as working in an online environment and with children and young people. Structured around ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, an accessible and engaging narrative guides you though the skills and considerations for an effective therapeutic relationship, as well as the potential challenges it might face. 


Bringing to the forefront the mutuality of the relationship and the client as a proactive agent, this book will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop trusting and productive relationships with your clients.

Boundaries and the therapeutic frame
Empathic understanding and listening
Care and warmth
Being real
Relating at depth
Therapeutic relationships with children and young people
Telephone and online counselling relationships

This is a practical book, which answers questions students at this level may have

Mrs Hilary McNair
Kent Adult Education, Kent Adult Education
September 9, 2015

This book provides a clear and concise introduction to key issues concerning the therapeutic relationship. It is written in a style that is accessible, engaging and encouraging of reflection and is likely to be of benefit for both new and seasoned practitioners.

Mr Damian White
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Surrey University
March 16, 2015

Excellent text for all students on a counselling course

Mrs Diane Forrester
Community Studies, Truro College
March 11, 2015

Good complimentary text for our relational course.

Ms Lesley Spencer
School of Sport, Health & Applied Social Sciences, University of South Wales (Newport)
March 10, 2015

easy to read

Mrs Deborah Regan
health and social care, Havering College of FE & HE
February 25, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: The Therapeutic Frame

Rosanne Knox

Private Practice More About Author

Mick Cooper

Mick Cooper is Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton, where he is Director of the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST). Mick is a chartered psychologist, a UKCP registered psychotherapist, and a Fellow of the BACP. Mick is author and editor of a range of texts on person-centred, existential and relational approaches to therapy; including Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2005, SAGE, with Dave Mearns), Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy 2011, SAGE, with John McLeod) and Existential Therapies (2nd edn, 2017, SAGE). Mick has led a series of... More About Author

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