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The Student Guide to Counselling & Psychotherapy Approaches

The Student Guide to Counselling & Psychotherapy Approaches

November 2012 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This pocket guide to modality approaches in counseling & psychotherapy is a one-stop-shop for trainees on introductory counseling courses. It describes 12 models of therapy, as well as introducing the origins of counseling and providing guidance and tips on practical issues like time-keeping, supervision, endings and boundaries. Each short approach-specific chapter has a consistent structure which allows easy comparison and cross-referencing between the modalities.

The chapters cover

  • Origins & background
  • Big names & big ideas
  • How the approach works & who it's for
  • Critical considerations
  • Identifying features
  • Reflection & summary
  • Learning ideas & suggested reading

This book is essential reading when choosing a professional counseling training in which to specialize, or if you just want an overview of other counseling modalities outside of your own.

How to Use This Guide
In the Beginning
Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive Analytical Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive Therapy
Developmental Counselling
Existential Counselling
Gestalt Therapy
Integrative Counselling
Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
Transactional Analysis
At the End

'This is an accessible guide book about the different psychotherapy approaches and how they can be used to counsel patients. Adrian Pennington, a counselling psychologist, takes us through 12 of the most well-known and most used methods and explains exactly what they are and how to use them in practice. I liked the examples he uses for each method and also the fact that he gives the student extra reading on each approach so if you are particularly interested in an approach you have recommended texts to explore. I think it would be useful not only to mental health nurses but to all nurses as many patients will be in need of counselling at some point in their lives and it is good to be aware of all the approaches. Student nurses will also find this an interesting read as I did' -
Nursing Times

'A most excellent and readable guide for students at any level of education and training' -
Howard Bowman, Director DC Mediation and lecturer in counselling

'This brilliant guide is exactly what it sets out to be, a simple (but clear) guide for students, clarifying theories available to use in psychotherapy and counselling' -
Carole Binysh, Counsellor MBACP (Accred), Clinical Supervisor and trainer

'A well structured and clearly laid out introduction that packs a lot of information into a small space' -
Sandra Flynn, Counsellor

Good basic book that provides sufficient information on the mainstream approaches

Mr David Atkinson
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
January 10, 2013

A good basic foundation to give a flavour of the methodology under consideration.

Mrs Sue Williams
Division of Social Work, Scho of HASS, De Montfort University
November 19, 2012

The book contains many of the author's personal opinions, some of which are misleading e.g. p.95 paragraph 3.

This institution provides a a set of Integrative Courses with a growing reputation especially for quality and rigor.

Mr Bill Stanley
Counselling, Newman University College
November 12, 2012

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