This is the first book on counseling skills to look in detail at the practical interventions and tools used to establish the therapeutic relationship. Step-by-step, the text teaches the reader exactly how to use these skills with clients to address their concerns and achieve therapeutic change.
Integrative and pluralistic in approach, the text covers the key techniques from all the major therapeutic models, placing them in their historical and theoretical contexts. Techniques covered include empathic responding, experiential focusing, Gestalt, metaphors, task-directed imagery, ego state therapy, solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and self-in-relationship therapy.
- Presents each technique from the perspective of its underlying theory
- Gives practical instruction on how to deliver each intervention
- Provides extracts from counseling sessions to demonstrate the technique in action
This book is crucial reading for all trainees on counseling and psychotherapy courses or preparing to use counseling techniques in a range of other professional settings. It is also helpful for professionals who wish to acquire additional skills.