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Theories of Counseling and Therapy

Theories of Counseling and Therapy
An Experiential Approach

Second Edition

December 2010 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

A brief, hands-on, and experiential text that helps students understand and apply theory in counseling and psychotherapy

This fully updated Second Edition helps students comprehend the variety and complexity of theories and internalize and apply the material to their own lives through the use of the reflective exercises in every chapter. Among the many approaches to theory discussed, the book includes an introductory chapter that provides the background necessary for understanding the theories, text that describes the main theory "families," and content that focuses on synthesis and application. Throughout the chapters, authors Jeffrey A. Kottler and Marilyn J. Montgomery seek to excite students with the best of the past and the vitality of the present, and to prepare them for their futures as therapists.

1. A Personal Introduction to Theory
2. Theory in Context
3. Theory in a Clinician’s Life
4. Psychodynamic Approaches: Look to the Past to Set You Free
5. Behavioral Approaches: What Is Learned Can Be Unlearned
6. Humanistic Approaches: The Primacy of Personal Experience
7. Cognitive Approaches: Thoughts before Feelings
8. Systemic Approaches: All in the Family
9. Brief Approaches: Problems and Solutions
10. Theories on the Edge
11. Integrative Approaches to Doing Therapy
12.Personalizing and Customizing Theory for Clients and Settings
About the Authors

“The personal touch of the authors view point was amazing. I also liked the 'Voices from the field' and 'Voices from the past' - so often students don't have access to the original source or current practitioners. This book was much more engaging than traditional theories texts and my students actually read it and enjoyed it.”

Melody Whiddon, Ph.D.
Florida International University

This book bring new life to the way how to explore the different Theories of Counselling and Therapy. In a very agreeable way helps to see how an integrative approach can be used in therapy. Discussion of different personal experiences helps other professionals to relate to them and add another level of reflection to their journey`s.

Dr Florbela Soares Teixeira
Education, Coventry University College
October 2, 2016

This is an excellent text book for counselling students. It covers most of the theoretical approaches one may adopt in practice and the suggested reflective exercises are a useful tool. It is written in a manner which would be suitable for any level of study.

Ms Victoria Louise Booth
H.E Care, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
April 10, 2016

This is a great book, very easy to read and help students to think critically and understand the theories through experiential approach. However, I found this book suits postgraduate students more.

Dr Jaruwan Sakulku
Psychology , Thammasat University (Main Campus)
December 7, 2014

This is a truely creative, comprehensive, well developed approach providing so much more than mere substantive knowledge. The experiential approach engages the student and takes him further than just learning about a theory. I also liked the "voice from the past" as it encourages students to read more of the original texts rather than books written about these texts. If you've never worked in an experiential manner this book will teach you how. If you don't like everything that's there or want to add extra, it's easily adaptable. Kettler and Montgomery have done the foot work for you: I applaud them.

Mrs Izzy Poyntz
Department of Psychology, Roehampton University
October 28, 2014

Another great book by Sage, filled with excellent personal reflection exercises for students, and actually suitable for graduate students. Chapter 12 on Personalizing and Customizing Theory is particularly helpful. I would have adopted it, but I found another book that is bigger, denser, better organized, and one which I believe will serve my students long after they become professionals.

Professor William Ryan
Secondary Ed Youth Services, Cuny Queens College
January 28, 2014

Experiential focus.

Dr Andrea Mata
Psychology, The University of Findlay
November 13, 2013

Kottler takes a personal and idiosyncratic approach in this survey of models of counselling. A useful source but too idiosyncratic - and American - to use as a core text.

Mr David Goldstein
Bristol Centre For Care, Health & Educ, City of Bristol College
May 15, 2013

Chose another book that was more indepth- Almost chose this one- I liked it, but needed more!

Ms Cristen Wathen
Health and Human Development, Counseling Program, Montana State University - Bozeman
March 26, 2013

An easy to use student friendly text that assists an in depth understanding of the various theories. Would definatley recommend.

Miss Vicky Calvert
Dept of Health & Social Science, Preston College
March 19, 2013
Key features

New to the Second Edition:

  • Material on new, cutting-edge theorists in psychotherapy provides readers with a look at those theorists who are breaking new ground by building on what has been constructed before.
  • New and expanded content includes a greater focus on cultural and gender sensitivity, more primary source material, more Theory in Action boxes, and new photos of the theorists.
  • New Voices from the Past boxes that provide readers with samples of historically significant writing from the influential "giants" in each family of therapies have been integrated into the coverage of the most up-to-date work generated by contemporary writers.
  • Additional Voices from the Field boxes in each chapter showcase beginning and experienced clinicians talking about the realities of using theory in their daily practices.

Key Features:

  • Theories are grouped into broad "families" rather than presented as discrete and separate theories to help student better understand the material
  • Experiential activities in every chapter include reflective exercises, class activities, field studies, homework assignments, and personal applications, all designed to help readers apply and personalize the material.
  • The book's interdisciplinary array of theories are drawn from psychol­ogy, counseling, social work, human services, family therapy, and related helping professions, along with contributions from medicine, education, philosophy, and the social sciences.

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