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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

A extremely useful book that captures a range of theoretical disciplines in a clear and concise manner. There are some really useful class activities suggested in this book, along with personal reflection exercises. The presentation of 'broad families' of approaches allows the reader to understand where a theoretical approach sits within the bigger picture of an apporach, and at the same time, central ideas are presented in a concise and easy to follow manner. Very useful text.

Ms Stephanie Revell
Health and Wellbeing, University of Cumbria
November 13, 2012

This textbook has proven to be quite useful. The theory is good, easy reading and esay to understand. The examples they offer are helpful as well. Thanks.

Dr Carolyn Hester
School Of Social Work, Grambling State University
September 17, 2012

This book is ideal as an introduction for students.

However, it provides excellent exercises for lecturers to use with group work.

Miss Paula Williams
Counselling & Psychotherapy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
September 15, 2012

While a solid text, it is a bit too "high level" for our undergraduate Counseling Theories & Techniques course.

Dr Jacqueline Alfonso Barry
Psychology, Emmanuel College
June 18, 2012

This book is good for an early exploration towards understanding theories for counselors in training.

Mr Zaliridzal Zakaria
Faculty of Leadership and Management, Islamic Science University of Malaysia
March 28, 2012

Current content and especially good initial section about theory in general.. This course is the first one in the master's in counselling program sequence and 'first impressions' count. As an author, Kottler generally produces good material.

Dr Terry Lane
Counselor Education , acadia university
May 3, 2011

I am still considering the text and am waiting for another of your texts to compare it to. Since I still have time before I need to make a decision, I have not adopted it yet.

Dr Jo Hittner
Counselor Education Dept, Winona State University
April 7, 2011

i found this book easy to engage with in terms of the lanuage and presentation of theory.
I also found it easy to access in terms of certain theories as it was well introduced and enabled me to pick and choose study within certain areas

Mrs Deborah Regan
academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
March 8, 2011
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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