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Counselling and Therapy Techniques

Counselling and Therapy Techniques
Theory & Practice

  • Augustine Meier - Ph.D., certified clinical psychologist, professor Emeritus, Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario and Founder and President of the Ottawa Institute for Obj
  • Micheline Boivin - M.A., certified clinical psychologist, Psychological Services of the Family, Youth and Children's Program at the Centre for Health and Social Services, Gatineau, Quibec

November 2010 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This is the first book on counseling skills to look in detail at the practical interventions and tools used to establish the therapeutic relationship. Step-by-step, the text teaches the reader exactly how to use these skills with clients to address their concerns and achieve therapeutic change.

Integrative and pluralistic in approach, the text covers the key techniques from all the major therapeutic models, placing them in their historical and theoretical contexts. Techniques covered include empathic responding, experiential focusing, Gestalt, metaphors, task-directed imagery, ego state therapy, solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and self-in-relationship therapy.

Key Features

  • Presents each technique from the perspective of its underlying theory
  • Gives practical instruction on how to deliver each intervention
  • Provides extracts from counseling sessions to demonstrate the technique in action

This book is crucial reading for all trainees on counseling and psychotherapy courses or preparing to use counseling techniques in a range of other professional settings. It is also helpful for professionals who wish to acquire additional skills.

Theoretical Bridges and the Psychotherapy Process

Epistemological Foundations

Psychotherapeutic Content - Client Experiences

Encoding Experiences

Psychic Organisations and Processes

Target of Change: Behaviour or Reworking and Rebuilding Psychic Organizations

Phases of the Change Process and Techniques

Techniques and the Therapeutic Relationship

Therapist - Client Collaboration

Discriminate Use of a Technique

Ethical Considerations and the Use of Techniques


Empathic Responses

Empathy: Origin and Definitions

Theoretical Aspects

Measuring Accurate Empathy

The Technique of Empathic Responding

Guidelines for Formulating and Communicating Empathic Responses

Common Problems and Empathic Inhibitors

Illustration: Tania


The Experiential Focusing Technique

Theoretical Aspects

The Practice of Experiential Focusing

Illustration: Simone


The Gestalt Empty-Chair and Two-Chair Techniques

Part 1: Personality Organization and Processes

Primary Motivating Factor

Contact and Contact Boundary

Stages of Personality Development

Subsystems of Personality

Processes of Personality Development

Organismic Self-Regulation

Boundary Disturbances

Therapeutic Goals, Role of Therapist and Techniques

Part 2: The Gestalt Empty-Chair Technique

Unfinished Business

The Gestalt Empty-Chair Technique in Action

Illustration: Robert

Part 3: The Gestalt Two-Chair Technique

Theoretical Aspects

Procedures Using the Gestalt Two-Chair Technique

Illustration: Rick



The Use of Metaphors in Therapy

Metaphor: Definition, Structure, and Power

Client-Generated Metaphors

Types of Client-Generated Metaphors

Techniques to Unravel Metaphors

Eliciting and Exploring Client-Generated Metaphors

Pitfalls in Using Metaphors

Ethical Considerations

Illustration: Karen


Task-Directed Imagery

Imagery in Context

Task-Directed Imagery

Illustration: Maylyn


Ego-State Therapy

Ego States: Major Concepts, Development, and Activation

The Practice of Ego-State Therapy

Illustration: Sonja


Solution-Focused Therapy

Theoretical Aspects

The Practice of Solution-Focused Therapy

Procedures for Doing Solution-Focused Therapy

Illustration: Colleen


Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

Part 1: Theoretical Aspects

Theory of Personality

Theory of Psychopathology

Part 2: Psychotherapy Procedures and Techniques

Goal of Therapy

Fundamental Clinical Processes

Psychotherapeutic Techniques

Part 3: Working with Automatic Thoughts


Illustration: Sébastien

Part 4: Working with Schemas

Classification of Schemas

Schema Processes


Illustration: Sébastien


Narrative Therapy

Theoretical Influences

Theoretical Aspects

The Practice of Narrative Therapy

Method in Working with Narratives

Ethical Considerations

Illustration: Sonja


Self-in-Relationship Psychotherapy

Major Concepts and Processes

Therapeutic Process

Illustration: Sofía



'This original and sophisticated book provides advanced students with a focused introduction to the main schools of counselling, offering detailed, accurate and highly specific information about each counselling technique. Ideal reading for postgraduate psychology students, counselling psychology trainees or trainee counsellors, I would recommend this book for my students.' - Dr Fiona Starr, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Principal Lecturer, School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University

'This book is a pleasure to read. Written in an easy-to-follow format the contents provide the reader with not only the theory of each technique but more importantly the ways in which it can be used. Therapists will find this a useful addition to their bookshelves and to their therapeutic work in general. As someone who taught on Diploma and Masters programmes in Counselling, this book will also be of considerable use to trainee therapists and tutors alike.' - Gladeana McMahon, Co-Director, Centre for Stress Management and Chair of the Association for Coaching UK

excellent resource for students to refresh their learning

Mrs Debbie Mccallum
Community Studies, Truro College
December 10, 2014

excellent resource

Mrs Debbie Mccallum
Community Studies, Truro College
December 10, 2014

I found the Corey text to be a superior text.

Professor J. Roy Gillis
Applied Psychology & Human Development, OISE, Univ of Toronto
November 20, 2013

This book has been recommended to 2nd year BSc Learning Disability and Mental Health sudents in particular, in support of their paractice and theoretical assignments . It has clear explanations of various theories with good examples. A number of students have already borrowed the book and are keen to purchase.

Mrs Jackie Robertson
School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University
April 22, 2013

I especially liked chapter 4 on the Gestalt empty chair and two chair technique and chapter 5 on the use of metaphors. It is most unusual to find chapters on these topics in a textbook that isn't written for a specific approach. The chapters are also well-written and suitable for students who do not have a lot of background knowledge.

Ms Ann Walker
Department of Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University
April 13, 2013

We cover how counselling fits in with youth work so this is a useful background to the topic

Mr Baljeet Gill
Youth and Community, Ruskin College Oxford
October 31, 2012

This book is an excellent resource for Higher Education Counselling students. The counsellor/client examples given in each chapter superbly illustrate the chosen therapeutic model. Each chapter ends with some thought prevoking reflective questions. Highly recommended!

Dr Bill Naylor
Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
December 13, 2011

Good overview of therapies for introductory level students

A more critical stance throughout or at least clear reference to research for each approach and limitations thereof would be helpful even for such entry level book.

nevertheless a readable book
but not crucial purchase at degree level

Mr Simon Easton
Department of Psychology, Portsmouth University
November 25, 2011

Students find it useful for a general background into the profession

Mr Baljeet Gill
Youth and Community, Ruskin College Oxford
July 12, 2011

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