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Reeves’ (and his colleagues) text is one of the most comprehensive textbooks that introduces counselling and psychotherapy to students. It has a very broad scope, offers an in-depth perspective and yet remains student and reader-friendly.
Andrew’s wealth of experience shines through in this comprehensive account of what it entails to be a counsellor or psychotherapist. No stone is left unturned as he accurately identifies salient issues in training, routine practice and professional mastery. Highly recommended for both practitioners and potential clients.
Reeves and his chapters’ co-authors have done us a great service here. Written with clarity and authority, his updated Introduction offers both practical and theoretical insights across the broad and complex territories of the current counselling and psychotherapy world. The book’s sheer scope is impressive, but equally so is his personal presence in the text. The reader never loses the sense of who is talking to them: someone steeped in, and deeply committed to, the therapeutic enterprise.
Jammed with useful and easy to read information, this is a great book for trainee counsellors who are looking to expand their theoretical knowledge through practical and fun means.
Easy reading, this book is easier to understand than any other
I think this new edition would be a vital resource for all current and future trainees of the counselling profession. I will be using this new edition especially for the video materials
A comprehensive and thought-provoking introduction to what counselling is and how it is practised; ideal for all therapists-in-training, qualified practitioners of all modes and other professionals performing a counselling role.
This book is less of an 'introduction to counselling' and more of an 'all you need to know'. Some discussion around the nature of research and evidence, the current mental health discourse, and contemporary developments and issues in the field provide an essential backdrop to this accessible and interactive resource. This book would be a great resource not just for trainees and those starting out in their career but for trainers and lecturers too, and a useful tool for supervisors. It is thought-provoking, inspiring and encourages reflexivity and critical thinking.
I have found this book insightful and informative. there are a wide breadth of topics covered within, with current issues addressed in great detail. This book is written in an accessible user friendly way.
An extremely detailed text which provides a thorough overview of the key approaches to counselling and psychotherapy and also considers the practical skills and ethical issues which are central to the counsellor's role. The accompanying videos and student resources are really useful, and I would recommend this to undergraduate students as an excellent introduction to both the theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy.
This book provides a helpful overview of counselling, particularly for students at Level 3 in their training. It is a helpful reference book, covering a wide variety of theories as well as looking at the practical side of training to be a counsellor. There are useful chapters on ethics, difference and diversity and the therapeutic relationship.
Very good for level 1 and level 2 students helping them to understand key concepts. This is also useful for FE students studying psychology
An excellent book, my students have found it very helpful, informative, accessible and interesting.
I recommend this book for both postgraduate and undergraduate courses in counselling or psychotherapy. The essential elements of counselling and psychotherapy are covered; critical thinking and reflection on reading is built into the text. Each topic is comprehensively summarized. The index is excellent and references are pertinent and up to date.
Essential reading for any undergraduate student of Guidance and Counselling