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An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy

An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
From Theory to Practice

Third Edition (Updated Edition)
  • Andrew Reeves - Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health, Senior BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker.
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August 2022 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This latest edition introduces you to the fundamentals of counselling and psychotherapy, accompanied by fresh research, perspectives and case-studies - ensuring comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the context, theories, skills and practice of counselling professions.


This book also covers the latest developments in the world of counselling and psychotherapy, including:

-Online counselling and psychotherapy

-Social justice approaches and the political positioning of therapy

-Updated content and reading lists addressing diversity, inclusivity and decolonisation.


The Introduction is designed to support and expand your learning and development, with features such as discussion questions, prompts for reflection, case examples and further reading. Beyond the pages of the book, there is a complementary set of extensive online resources, including further case studies, journal articles and videos.


From newly enrolled to starting your practice placement, this book is the perfect companion for your counselling training, and beyond.


Part I: The Counselling Professions in Context
1. What Are the Counselling Professions? From Theory to Practice
2. Becoming a Counsellor or Psychotherapist: Personal and Professional Development
Part II: The Theories of the Counselling Professions
3. Psychodynamic Practice
4. Humanistic Practice
5. Cognitive-behavioural Practice
6. Integrative and Pluralistic Practice
7. Other Key Approaches
Part III: Skills and Practice in the Counselling Professions
8. Therapist Competencies and Counselling Skills
9. The Therapeutic Relationship
10. Clients and Presenting Issues
11. Working with Diversity and Difference
Part IV: Contextual Issues for the Counselling Professions
12. Professional Settings and Organisations
13. Law, Policy, Values and Ethics
14. Managing Professional Responsibilities
15. Developing Your Practice: Supervision, Research and Career Development
16. Final Thoughts

Deservedly in its third and updated edition, plus suitably priced, this book did not let me down. Although obviously aimed at students, I felt refreshed reading part one's exploration of the counselling profession...If you have friends who are curious to train, this is the book to recommend before they start, and it will be useful throughout training and beyond qualification. For the qualified this is a contemporary, stimulating and useful reminder of the various developments and changes the counselling profession has seen in the past few years. 

Gavin Conn, Integrative Counsellor
Therapy Today

The book is an excellent introduction for those students on our course that are planning to go into therapeutic services.

Miss Beccy Smith
H&SC, New College Swindon
June 20, 2022

to serve as basic for students studying narrative approach to counselling

Dr Suet Lin Hung
Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University
November 29, 2022

An invaluable resource, this book offers a comprehensive introduction to the counselling professions.
The book is well-structured and comprehensive. From ethics and theory to the value of personal and professional development, the author covers all key aspects that need to be considered in therapeutic counselling practice. Important key aspects of contemporary practice are highlighted, including up to date research, the psychosocial perspective and working online.
Chapters are packed with explanations and links of theory to practice which come alive in the clinical case studies.
Various authors' contributions are also included giving insight into the different techniques and the myriad of approaches in counselling.
This book is a must have for all embarking on their counselling training journey.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
July 8, 2022

Really comprehensive handbook that covers a broad spectrum of topics.

I feel that this is a 'go to' book for all counselling and psychotherapy students. It is clearly written and easy to navigate.
A very informative and up to date textbook.

Dr Bill Naylor
Health and Social Care at Derby, Derby University
August 3, 2022

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