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Couple Counselling
A Practical Guide



April 2010 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Couple Counselling outlines the essential principles and practices of couple counselling. Demystifying this form of therapy, the author provides a step-by-step guide from the first meeting through to subsequent sessions. The book includes a wealth of supporting features including case examples, student exercises, points for reflection and memory-jog pages to use in practice. As well as chapters illustrating counselling for problems frequently experienced by couples, such as sexual difficulties, infidelity, violence and abuse, key content includes:

  • cultural differences in couples work
  • varieties of committed relationships
  • responses to specific difficulties
  • ethical issues that arise as a result of working with two people
  • gender differences in relation to the counsellor's own sexuality and/or gender 
  • the value of training courses and supervision
  • persons' narratives as a basis for change

This book comprises a sound basis for one-to-one practitioners wishing to expand their expertise and practice of therapy into working with couples, and for students training in this mode of counselling.


 
PART ONE: IDEAS AND PRACTICES
 
Individual Counselling and Couple Counselling
 
Narrative Therapy
 
PART TWO: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL INFLUENCES ON COUNSELLORS AND COUPLES
 
Culturally Formed Attitudes towards Couple Relationships
 
Counselling Couples of a Different Sexuality, Age or Cultural Background from the Counsellor
 
PART THREE: SESSION ORGANIZATION
 
The First Joint Session Framework
 
Subsequent Joint Sessions
 
Subsequent Individual Sessions
 
Advanced Practices
 
PART FOUR: SPECIFIC ISSUES
 
Tensions That Escalate to Crisis Point
 
Problems with Friends and Family Members
 
Sexual Difficulties
 
Infidelity
 
Violence and Abuse

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Mr Peter Cardew
School of Health and Postgrad Medicine, Central Lancashire University
December 6, 2010

very informative read ans as it says a practical guide

Mrs Mary Sherrill
Please select your department, Please select your institution
October 1, 2010

The book actually deals with issues which are outside the perameters of the Foundation degree which I am about to deliver.

Mrs EIRLYS LAMB
Please select your department, Please select your institution
September 15, 2010

A useful and recommended text detailing practical considerations in couples counselling

Dr Mark Widdowson
Counselor Education , Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh
September 14, 2010

Refreshing...will certainly be on the booklist. Payne gives a fascinating introduction to Narrative therapy and identifies the 'common ground' it occupies with many other modalities. He addresses, with clarity, the issues so often presented in couple/relationship counselling, and presents them in 'Plain English' and in an easy to understand no frills format.

Mrs DIANE HARDIMAN
Counselling Studies, Eastleigh College
August 17, 2010

A sound resource for those interested in this field, this book links with a number of the modules in our Foundation Degree in Counselling. The layout is clear and accessible and I particularly like the exercises containing progressive exploration of problems.

Mrs Fiona Price
Please select your department, Herefordshire College of Technology
August 12, 2010
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Chapter One


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