Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy

Meg-John Barker editor Darren Langdridge editor Andreas Vossler editor

Format:Paperback

Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd

Published:22nd Mar '10

£42.99

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Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy focuses on common problems such as anxiety and depression, exploring how different therapeutic approaches understand and work with them. Counselling and psychotherapy are considered within the wider context of their history and the mental health systems in which they are often located. In addition to this, the book introduces key aspects of the theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy, and the increasing relevance of research in this area.

- Section 1 introduces counselling and psychotherapy and the history of these professions, considering how current understandings of ′mental health problems′ have been influenced by psychiatric diagnosis, biomedical approaches and psychoanalysis.

- Section 2 covers four key therapeutic approaches - humanistic, existential, cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness - exploring how they work with problems relating to fear and sadness.

- Section 3 focuses on therapeutic perspectives that specifically address problems in a wider context, such as relationships, families, cultural groups and society.

- Section 4 considers practice and research issues in counselling and psychotherapy, including the different contexts and settings in which these take place, the therapeutic relationship, and outcome and process research.

This accessible and stimulating text uses innovative activities and case illustrations to demonstrate how people experience common problems, and how counsellors and psychotherapists work with these.

′I enjoyed reading this book, finding it stimulating, well written, and provocative. I thought it would make an excellent introductory read, especially if this was augmented by critical debate and discussion. For me it is an engaging read and provides both a clear and contextually relevant background to its subject′ -
Journal of The Society for Existential Analysis

′This is probably one of the most useful books I am ever likely to own. It is the nearest thing to a complete Bible for all aspects of my work as a counsellor, trainer and supervisor that I have had the privilege to read...For those who cannot afford to invest in a whole library, [this] is the book to buy′ -
Therapy Today

ISBN: 9781849204767

Dimensions: unknown

Weight: 1090g

398 pages