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The Needs of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

The Needs of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Emotional, Social, Physical, Professional

Edited by:
  • Ian Horton - University of East London, Stratford

January 1998 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This powerful book identifies what counselors or psychotherapists need in order to survive and thrive in what is undoubtedly an exciting and rewarding role but one that can at the same time be personally and professionally demanding and emotionally draining. Leading counselors and psychotherapists discuss the emotional, physical, social, and professional needs of people who work, or would like to work, in a therapeutic setting. They also examine how those needs can be best fulfilled within the rapidly changing context of counseling and psychotherapy today. Drawing on their own experience, views, research, and expertise, the contributors cover topics such as professional training, self development, evaluation, and competence, and aim to influence attitudes and practice by reinforcing trends and new directions. The contributors recognize, too, the very real common ground between counseling and psychotherapy, and attempt to bridge the gap between the two. Supportive, encouraging, and practical, this is an indispensable book for all those who are training to be or who are already practicing therapists.

Emmy van Deurzen
Ian Horton
The Needs of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Colin Feltham
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Differentiation or Unification

Simon Du Plock
On Becoming Socially Responsible
Hazel Johns
Self Development
Life-Long Learning?

Zack Eleftheriadou
Cultural Differences in the Therapeutic Process
Joyce Cramond
The Nature and Role of Theory
Alan Lidmila
Professional Training
Politics and Issues

Sue Wheeler
Achieving and Maintaining Competence
Michael Carroll
Clinical Supervision
Luxury or Necessity?

John McLeod
Reading, Writing and Research
John Mellor-Clark and Michael Barkham
Evaluating Effectiveness
Needs, Problems and Potential Benefits

Rowan Bayne
Brian Thorne
Spiritual Responsibility in a Secular Profession
Judith Baron
Recognition and Professional Status
Cassie Cooper
Envy and Gratitude
Attitudes to Collaboration


`This book covers a significant gap in the relatively spare literature on the person of the counsellor... the chapters... are written in an easy and accessible style' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`This book successfully presents readers with an overall view of the major issues that concern counsellors and psychotherapists today. The book strikes a nice balance between theoretical and practical issues... [it] will undoubtedly appeal to many practitioners already working in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy... [and] those who aspire to work in the profession' - British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Review

`This book... covers a wide range of topics, including complex matters such as social, cultural, intellectual and personal needs.... It is an interesting trot round some very important topics' - Self & Society

`Some very important issues are addressed by this book: cross-cultural work, supervision, literature research and evaluation' - Counselling News

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ISBN: 9780761952992