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The Therapeutic Use of Self in Counselling and Psychotherapy

The Therapeutic Use of Self in Counselling and Psychotherapy

October 2021 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book examines the ‘therapeutic use of self’, and the intertwining of the therapist’s professional self and their personal self.

Combining practical illustrations and case studies with theory and research, the book explores a number of questions, such as:

·        What are our personal values and attitudes and how do these manifest in our work with clients?

·        How do we interact with and impact others, and in what ways might this help or hinder our therapeutic work?

·        What might we represent to the client as a result of our particular social background, and how might this impact on the power dynamics within client relationships?

Learning features include Practical Applications, Research boxes, Case Examples, Critical Reflections, Discussion Questions and Further Reading. 

This is a must-read for any students studying professional practice, counselling process, ethics, skills, working online/remotely, the therapeutic relationship, and more. 

Chapter 1 - Therapeutic Use of Self
Chapter 2 - Being Welcoming
Chapter 3 - Being Open and Present
Chapter 4 - Being Empathically and Compassionately Attuned
Chapter 5 - Being Embodied
Chapter 6 - Being at a Distance
Chapter 7 - Being Creative
Chapter 8 - Being-with Parts of Self
Chapter 9 - Being a Wounded Healer
Chapter 10 - Relational Therapeutic Being

Linda Finlay is very much liked by the academics here so this title will automatically go on the relevant reading lists. This book will be used on the Levels 3 and 4 courses and the FD and BA courses. Our students spend a lot of time looking at the therapeutic relationships they are building with clients, so this book will help particularly when looking at relationship issues in areas of ethnicity, culture and race

Professor Ruth Malaney
LRC, Guildford College
December 10, 2021

Stimulating and accessible

Mr Keith Walmsley-Smith
Psychology, Sport, and Exercise, Staffordshire University
February 25, 2022

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Linda Finlay

Dr Linda Finlay is a relational-centred, existential Integrative Psychotherapist and Supervisor (UKCP registered) in private practice. She also teaches psychology and counselling at the Open University (UK) and works as a freelance academic consultant. She has published many books and articles on therapy, reflexivity, health-care, and phenomenological research. Her most recent books are psychotherapeutically focused: Relational Integrative Psychotherapy: Engaging Process and Theory in Practice (Wiley) and Practical Ethics: A relational approach (Sage). She is currently the Editor of the European Journal for Qualitative Research in... More About Author

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