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An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
From Theory to Practice

Second Edition (Updated Edition)


June 2018 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book introduces readers to everything they need to know about counselling and psychotherapy theory, skills and practice. Drawing on years of experience as a counselling practitioner and educator, Andrew Reeves links theory to the development of appropriate skills and locates it within the context of therapeutic practice. Features including chapter summaries, discussion questions, prompts for reflection, case examples and further reading help students to apply what they've learnt and give them the confidence to progress into practice. The book covers:
  • key theoretical approaches
  • personal development
  • counselling skills
  • professional settings
  • law, policy, values and ethics
  • working with difference and diversity
  • client and present issues, and more

Learning is also supported by a wealth of online resources such as case studies and videos that show what theory looks like in practice, as well as journal articles to help extend knowledge. This is the essential text for any trainee practitioner, or for anyone needing an introduction to the foundations of counselling theory and practice. 

 
Part I: Setting the Context
 
Chapter 1: What are the Counselling Professions?
 
Chapter 2: Becoming a Counsellor or Psychotherapist: Personal and Professional Development
 
Part II: Counselling & Psychotherapy Approaches
 
Chapter 3: Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
 
Chapter 4: Cognitive-behavioural counselling and psychotherapy
 
Chapter 5: Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
 
Chapter 6: Integrative and Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
 
Chapter 7: Other Key Counselling and Psychotherapy Approaches
 
Part III: Counselling Practice and Skills
 
Chapter 8: The Therapeutic Relationship
 
Chapter 9: Therapist Competencies and Counselling Skills
 
Chapter 10: Clients and Presenting Issues
 
Chapter 11: Working with Diversity and Difference
 
Part IV: Professional Issues
 
Chapter 12: Professional Settings and Organisations
 
Chapter 13: Law, Policy, Values and Ethics
 
Chapter 14: Managing Professional Responsibilities
 
Chapter 15: Developing Your Practice: Supervision, Research, Career Development
 
Chapter 16: Conclusions

Reeves’ (and his colleagues) text is one of the most comprehensive textbooks that introduces counselling and psychotherapy to students. It has a very broad scope, offers an in-depth perspective and yet remains student and reader-friendly.

Ladislav Timulak
Course Director of Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Trinity College Dublin

Andrew’s wealth of experience shines through in this comprehensive account of what it entails to be a counsellor or psychotherapist. No stone is left unturned as he accurately identifies salient issues in training, routine practice and professional mastery. Highly recommended for both practitioners and potential clients.

Emeritus Professor Sue Wheeler
University of Leicester

Reeves and his chapters’ co-authors have done us a great service here. Written with clarity and authority, his updated Introduction offers both practical and theoretical insights across the broad and complex territories of the current counselling and psychotherapy world. The book’s sheer scope is impressive, but equally so is his personal presence in the text. The reader never loses the sense of who is talking to them: someone steeped in, and deeply committed to, the therapeutic enterprise.

Jonathan Wyatt
Director of the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry and Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, The University of Edinburgh

Jammed with useful and easy to read information, this is a great book for trainee counsellors who are looking to expand their theoretical knowledge through practical and fun means.

Lauren Walker
Counselling Undergraduate

Easy reading, this book is easier to understand than any other

Philippa Bullock
Counselling & Psychotherapy Undergraduate

I think this new edition would be a vital resource for all current and future trainees of the counselling profession. I will be using this new edition especially for the video materials

Frances Head
Counselling Undergraduate

A comprehensive and thought-provoking introduction to what counselling is and how it is practised; ideal for all therapists-in-training, qualified practitioners of all modes and other professionals performing a counselling role.

Angela Russell
Counselling & Psychotherapy Undergraduate

An extremely detailed text which provides a thorough overview of the key approaches to counselling and psychotherapy and also considers the practical skills and ethical issues which are central to the counsellor's role. The accompanying videos and student resources are really useful, and I would recommend this to undergraduate students as an excellent introduction to both the theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
June 13, 2018

This book provides a helpful overview of counselling, particularly for students at Level 3 in their training. It is a helpful reference book, covering a wide variety of theories as well as looking at the practical side of training to be a counsellor. There are useful chapters on ethics, difference and diversity and the therapeutic relationship.

Mrs Hilary McNair
Kent Adult Education, Hilderstone College
May 23, 2018

Very good for level 1 and level 2 students helping them to understand key concepts. This is also useful for FE students studying psychology

Mrs Michele Ponting
Access to Higher Education, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
April 29, 2018

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