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The Beginner's Guide to Counselling & Psychotherapy

The Beginner's Guide to Counselling & Psychotherapy

Second Edition
Edited by:
  • Stephen Palmer - Centre for Stress Management, London, Centre for Coaching, London

April 2015 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Are you interested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy or just starting out in your training? Trying to get to grips with the many different approaches and decide which are right for you? This book can help!

An ideal introductory text that assumes no prior knowledge, leading authors in the field provide overviews of 26 counselling and psychotherapy approaches in accessible, jargon-free terms. Each approach is discussed using the same framework to enable easy comparison and evaluation, covering:

·        Development of the Therapy

·        Theory and Basic Concepts

·        Practice

·        Which Clients Benefit Most?

·        Case study

Four further chapters offer an insight into the therapeutic relationshipworking with diversityprofessional issues, and research, while resources such as suggested readingdiscussion issuesappendices of further information and a comprehensive glossary help you consolidate your learning. 

So look no further if you want to know the differences between counselling and psychotherapy, compare psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theories, discover how constructivist approaches can be applied in practice, learn about third wave CBT therapies, or just get an general overview of the field; this second edition of a bestseller gives you a whirlwind tour of the breadth, complexity, fascination and problems of the field of counselling and psychotherapy. 


Cary Cooper
Stephen Palmer
Stephen Palmer and Colin Feltham
An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
Alanna O’Broin
The Therapeutic Relationship
Psychodynamic Approaches
Jenny Warner and Gerhard Baumer
Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy
Lesley Murdin
Psychodynamic (Freudian) Counselling and Psychotherapy
Jean Stokes
Psychodynamic (Jungian) Counselling and Psychotherapy
Julia Segal
Psychodynamic (Kleinian) Counselling and Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Approaches
Joda Lloyd and Frank Bond
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Berrni Curwen, Peter Ruddell and Stephen Palmer
Behaviour Therapy
Kasia Szymanska and Stephen Palmer
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Paul Gilbert and Chris Irons
Compassion Focused Therapy
Christine Dunkley and Stephen Palmer
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Donald Robertson
Michael Neenan
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
Humanistic-Existential Approaches
Emmy van Deurzen
Existential Counselling
Ken Evans and Maria Gilbert
Gestalt Therapy
Kate Hayes
Person-Centred Therapy
John Rowan
Primal Integration
Jean Hardy, Helen Sieroda and Diana Whitmore
Ian Stewart and Mark Widdowson
Transactional Analysis
Integrative and Eclectic Approaches
Stephen Kellett and Ian Kerr
Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Elizabeth Robinson and Graham Dyson
Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Richard Nelson-Jones and Stephen Palmer
Lifeskills Counselling
Stephen Palmer
Multimodal Therapy
John McLeod and Mick Cooper
Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
Constructivist Approaches
Anja Bjoroy, Stephen Madigan and David Nylund
Narrative Therapy
Juliet Grayson
Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Fay Fransella and Stephen Palmer
Personal Construct Counselling and Psychotherapy
Bill O'Connell
Solution-Focused Therapy
Research and Professional Practice Issues
Roy Moodley and Claire Barnes
Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Robert Bor, Carina Eriksen and Margaret Oakes
Professional Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Terry Hanley and Laura Anne Cutts
Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Stephen Palmer
Stephen Palmer
Appendices 1-3

This book is some useful in my teaching. It has allowed me to teach a subject that I did not know a lot about. It is simple to use and the case studies are an excellent resource.

Mrs Esther Trehearn
Business School, Peterborough Regional College
April 3, 2017

I have chosen this as an additional source for students, as it is a comprehensive text, inclusive of all the foundational concepts and theories related to counselling. A good resource for students beginning with counselling theory

Dr Serahni Symington
Psychology , Cornerstone Institute
April 29, 2016

Clearly laid out for students who are new to the area of Counselling.
Good variety of counselling approaches which students can use as a reference book.

Professor Yvonne Millman
School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University
July 1, 2016

A good basic introduction to counselling for beginners.

Mr Paul Demetriou-Crane
AEBLS, Havering College of FE & HE
February 11, 2016

This book is more appropriate for the health visitors who attend the introduction to the person-centered approach- it works well as a revision for the CfD delegates but is certainly suitable for a beginner who is considering understanding the process of person-centered listening and contemplating either engaging with or training in a therapeutic discipline

Ms Catherine Hayes
School of Education, Nottingham University
November 19, 2015

Highly appropriate overview of a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches. Particularly useful resource for compare and contrast tasks and assignments.

Mrs denise hardy
Dept of Counselling, Redcar & Cleveland College
November 16, 2015

Clear outline of the different approaches to counselling provides a useful guideline to students at this early stage in their training as to which modality of counselling they may want to pursue.

Ms Nathalie Griffin
Counselling Dept, City of Bristol College
October 2, 2015

This helpful book provides a good reference point for exploring a wide variety of counselling approaches. The case studies, included at the end of each chapter, make it particularly useful in comparing how different approaches look in practice. There are useful lists of further suggested reading incorporated within the text.

Mrs Hilary McNair
Kent Adult Education, Kent Adult Education
June 8, 2015

The book gives a very good overview over several techniques. As the chapters are relatively short and the same length they fit well into our teaching.

Professor Birthe Knizek
Faculty of Nursing (ASP), Sor-Trondelag University College
May 10, 2015

Useful for Year 1 students.

Mr Gerald Willmore
Chair of Professional Standards, National Counselling Society
May 1, 2015

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