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An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy

An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
From Theory to Practice

Second Edition (Updated Edition)

June 2018 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book introduces readers to almost 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

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