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Client Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Client Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Person-centred Practice

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March 2012 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This is the first humanistic counseling book to bring together commonly occurring client issues, exploring the origin and meaning of the difficulty, the therapeutic approach and process, and the outcomes. Extensive case material guides you through the nuances and potential pitfalls towards effective practice with clients experiencing, for example;

  • Drug and Alcohol Issues
  • Eating difficulties
  • Self harm
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Depression
  • Panic and Anxiety

Drawing from a combined 50 years of experience in the field, Paul Wilkins and Janet Tolan bring together leading person-centered therapists to address how and why each problem can be eased by means of working with the person. This book should be on the desk of every counseling trainee, and is recommended reading for other practitioners of health and social care working with these client groups.

Paul Wilkins and Janet Tolan
Sheila Haugh
A Person-Centred Approach to Loss and Bereavement
Allan Turner
Person-Centred Approaches to Trauma, Critical Incidents and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Jane Power
Person-Centred Therapy with Adults Sexually Abused as Children
Kirshen Rundle
Person-Centred Therapy with People Experiencing Depression: When You Can't Just Snap out of It
Richard Bryant-Jefferies
Anxiety and Panic: Person-Centred Interpretations and Responses
Kirshen Rundle
Person-Centred Approaches to Different Realities
Rose Cameron
Working with Drug and Alcohol Issues
Barbara Douglas
Working with Clients Who Have Eating Problems
Rose Cameron
A Person-Centred Perspective on Self-Injury
Paul Wilkins and Janet Tolan
Person-Centred Therapy in Practice

'This book is a valuable addition to the literature on person-centred therapy (PCT), dealing as it does with the thornier questions that unsettle every person-centred therapist at some stage in their practice...Written by seasoned practitioners who draw on their experience to illustrate how theory informs the decisions they make in response to dilemmas. As might be expected from person-centred practitioners, the book offers a range of interpretations of theory, reflecting what each author considers to be essentially person-centred. One of the most thought-provoking chapters for me is by Rose Cameron, on self-injury, which takes in new developments in neurobiology...This is an important book, not only for students of the person-centred approach but also for those hungry for a fresh perspective from throughtful practitioners' -
Therapy Today

A really helpful resource; useful examples, well written and accessible.

Mrs Della Austin
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
May 28, 2016

With clear examples and theory explanations, this book is a must read for all trainee and qualified therapists.

All writers were able to demystifies the approach especially in relation to complex presenting issues.

I particularly enjoyed the first chapter written by Sheila Haugh. She is a brilliant writer!

Ms Patricia Gagni
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
August 25, 2014

A much-needed, highly readable and very practical text. A range of common presenting issues are discussed and the reader is presented with classical person-centred perspectives on these. This book meets a need for person-centred students, who often want specific guidance on working with such issues

Dr Mark Widdowson
School of Nursing, Salford University
January 5, 2014

Great! This book really brings alive Person Centred practice.

Mrs Denise Hardy
Dept of Counselling, Cleveland & Redcar College
September 23, 2013

A fantastic book covering person centred ways of dealing with various issues. Using case studies and evaluations , explanations and assignments, this book will aid anyone entering into person cemtred counselling or even a reference for practicing counsellors to help with self reflection and supervision.

Miss Sam Ford
Health and Social Care, South Essex College
August 8, 2013

This book really connects a range of client issues to theory. It does so from a Humanistic perspective, and succinctly positions the theory for the reader, giving a clear base from which to integrate the learning that follows. It therefore gives the reader, and particularly students, real insight into how these issues might manifest themselves, and how to work with the client struggling with similar issues. It is well structured and accessible to the reader, and the case study/example materials are well placed. Definitely a must have for students on Humanistic or Person Centred Courses, and those wanting to know more.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
March 2, 2013

Perhaps more aimed towards diploma level students, but useful for certificate students too in illustrating the different contexts in which person-centred therapists might practice. Gives clear and valuable insight, from various contributors, into the way that different client issues are viewed from a person-centred theoretical perspective.

Ms Helene Baker
counse, City Lit
November 12, 2012

This is more relevant to students later on in their degree course rather than in my first year introductory module.

Ms Vicki Smith
Division of Psychology, Huddersfield University
November 9, 2012

This is an excellent book, which lends itself well all levels of our courses, but in particular L3 Studies and L4 Diploma. It has been particularly helpful to look at the inspection copy and see the wealth of issues shown in order to help students understand and deal with client issues within Person Centred practice. We have asked that this book is ordered and stocked in our Learning Resource Centres.

Ms Yvonne Dickson-Smith
Counselling Department, Blackpool and the Fylde College
November 6, 2012

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