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Essential Counselling and Therapy Skills

Essential Counselling and Therapy Skills
The Skilled Client Model

First Edition
  • Richard Nelson-Jones - Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

March 2002 | 382 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Essential Counseling and Therapy Skills is written for trainees who are beginning to work with clients under supervision. Building on what has been learnt during introductory courses, the book supports students in the next stage of their practical skills development.

Written by leading author, Richard Nelson-Jones, Essential Counseling and Therapy Skills is a step-by-step guide to therapeutic work using the "skilled client model". Central to this innovative approach, is the assumption that the skill of counselors and therapists lies in their capacity to impart skills to clients. The book focuses on: establishing collaborative working relationships; working with clients to find shared definitions of their problems; enabling clients to improve how they think, communicate and act; and dealing with questions of diversity, ethical practice and the value of supervision.

Accessibly written, the book contains numerous skills building activities and case examples, making Essential Counseling and Therapy Skills an ideal textbook for practical skills training in counseling, counseling psychology, psychotherapy and other helping professions. 

What Are Essential Counselling and Therapy Skills?
The Skilled Client Model
The Counselling and Therapy Relationship
Assessing Feelings and Physical Reactions
Assessing Thinking, Communication and Actions
Conducting Initial Sessions
Changing Communication and Actions - 1
Changing Communication and Actions - 2
Changing Thinking - 1
Changing Thinking - 2
Changing Feelings and Physical Reactions
Conducting Middle Sessions
Consolidating Skills and Terminating Counselling and Therapy
Diversity Sensitive Counselling and Therapy
Ethical Issues in Practice and Training
Supervision and Continuing Professional Development

`A text which provides trainers and trainees alike with a veritable treasure-house of creative ideas' - Brian Thorne, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of East Anglia and Co-Founder, The Norwich Centre

'The book is written in a clear and orderly fashion.... Therapy is a process and learning is a process too, and this textbook will undoubtedly assist trainees to move along their own process of learning and becoming reflective and effective practitioners' - Stefania Gribcic, Counselling Psychology Review

Several useful chapters incorporating practical skills.

Reader friendly for students.

Mrs Narissa Philander
Psychology , Cornerstone Institute
January 15, 2016

Other text chosen

Ms Sara Paterson
Social Work , University of Applied Science
July 3, 2012

This book is notable for its originality. its clarity, and the scores of detailed examples, which readily translate into practical experiences for new or experienced counsellors.

Dr David Lawlor
Child and Family, Tavistock Centre
November 29, 2011

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