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The Handbook of Individual Therapy

The Handbook of Individual Therapy

Sixth Edition
Edited by:
  • Windy Dryden
  • Andrew Reeves - Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health, Senior BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker.

December 2013 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'[This] is essential reading for all who aspire to professional practice to ensure that knowledge and skills are up to date in order to best serve their clients.'
Professor Sue Wheeler, University of Leicester

'[It] continues to be the book that one turns to when looking for a clear introduction to the broad range of therapies that are offered in the UK today.'
Dr Nick Midgley, Anna Freud Centre

This classic text has helped over 50,000 students wishing to understand the key counselling and psychotherapy approaches. This sixth edition is the most comprehensive update since it was first published in 1984, with 15 newly contributed chapters and 8 updated chapters. Each approach now includes a new Research section summarising the research findings, an in-depth Case Study illustrating how that approach works in practice, and an extended Practice section. Also covered:

· historical context and development

· main theoretical assumptions

· which clients will benefit most

· strengths and limitations.

New chapters include Compassion-Focussed Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness in Individual Therapy, Pluralistic Therapy and The Transpersonal in Individual Therapy.

This is an ideal one-stop shop for trainees of counselling, psychotherapy, counselling psychology, psychology and other allied professions wanting to learn about the most commonly practised therapies today.

Windy Dryden has worked in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy since 1975. He is author/editor of over 200 books.

Andrew Reeves
is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist at the Univeristy of Liverpool and a freelance writer, trainer and supervisor.  He is former Editor of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal.

Colin Feltham
The Cultural Context of British Psychotherapy
Jessica Yakeley
Psychodynamic Therapy: Contemporary Freudian Approach
Kevin Jones
Psychodynamic Therapy: The Independent Approach
Ann Casement
Psychodynamic Therapy: Jungian and Post-Jungian Approaches
Julia Segal
Psychodynamic Therapy: The Kleinian Approach
Mike Worrall
Person-Centred Therapy
Emmy van Deurzen
Existential Therapy
Dave Mann
Gestalt Therapy
Charlotte Sills
Transactional Analysis
Stirling Moorey
Cognitive Therapy
Windy Dryden
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
Paul Gilbert and Chris Irons
Compassion-Focused Therapy
Pierce J. O'Carroll
Behavioural Activation
Mark Dunn
Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Alasdair J. Macdonald
Solution-Focused Therapy
Susan Howard
Interpersonal Therapy
Jody Mardula and Frances Larkin
Mindfulness in Individual Therapy
Martin Payne
Narrative Therapy
John Rowan
The Transpersonal in Individual Therapy
Henry Hollanders
Integrative Therapy
John McLeod, Julia McLeod, Mick Cooper and Windy Dryden
Pluralistic Therapy
Andrew Reeves
Research in Individual Therapy
Greg Nolan, Jane Macaskie & Bonnie Meekums
The Training and Supervision of Individual Therapists

Once again, the latest edition of the Handbook of Individual Therapy offers a masterful overview of the various approaches to 'healing the psyche' which are available in Britain today. The Handbook puts the different therapeutic traditions in a cultural and historical context, and offers an up-to-date view of the nature of psychotherapy as it is currently practiced. Each chapter uses a standard format which offers the reader a clear pathway through the key issues, and the work is brought alive with in-depth case studies. The Handbook of Individual Therapy continues to be the book that one turns to when looking for a clear introduction to the broad range of talking cures that are  offered in the UK today.

Dr Nick Midgley
of the MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice, Anna Freud Centre

Dryden and Reeves’ Handbook freshly maps the current status of psychotherapy in the UK. It is a compendium that can serve as an excellent reference point for an academic as well as practitioner. Its depth and breadth extend beyond UK borders and will be very much appreciated by an international reader. It is an exceptional achievement!

Ladislav Timulak
Director of the Doctoral programme in Counselling Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Psychological therapies abound in the UK. New variations of established therapies appear as the science evolves. The new edition of the ‘Individual Handbook of individual therapy’ skilfully and comprehensively enables students and experienced therapists to keep abreast of current thinking. It is essential reading for all who aspire to professional practice to ensure that knowledge and skills are up to date in order to best serve their clients.

Sue Wheeler
Director of the Doctoral Programme, Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester

The publication of the 6th Edition builds on a pedigree going back 30 years to the appearance of the original edition in 1984. Through successive editions, this text has become a stalwart for practitioners, trainers, and students working in and researching the helping professions. It provides an invaluable and authoritative account of the rich diversity of individual therapy, including research and training, and reflects important recent developments and innovations in the theory and practice of individual therapy

Michael Barkham
Professor of Clinical Psychology & Director, Centre for Psychological Services Research, University of Sheffield

A good book for my Introduction for all my Counselling groups.

Ms Edna Ogundare
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
May 26, 2021

An indispensable text book for students of Guidance and Counselling.

Dr Colin Cameron
Department of Social Work and Communitie, University of Northumbria
September 5, 2017

More in depth on fewer topics than the other handbook you have available, which is more suitable for my cohort

Dr Mike Marriott
Psychology, Nottingham Trent University
June 10, 2016

Not all students are willing to read around the topic of integrative therapy or research across other modalities, but for those who are interested I point them in the direction of this book.

Dr Sarah Taylor
Counselling & Psychotherapy with Children and Young People , Northern Guild of Psychotherapy
September 18, 2016

For many of our students who are new to the study of therapeutic models, this book will be of great value. Well written and highly informative, even for more experienced practitioners.

Dr Sarah Louise Parry
Fac Of Health Psychology And Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University
August 5, 2016

An excellent book with relevance to those embarking on their initial counselling training as well as those studying at a more advanced academic level, as it offers clear introductory information about a range of therapies.

Michelle Cooke
Person-Centred, The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute
February 13, 2015