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Time-Limited Counselling

Time-Limited Counselling

  • Colin Feltham - Emeritus Professor of Counselling & Psychotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University

February 1997 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The need for time-limited counseling--the provision of effective counseling with limited resources under strict time pressures--is growing more important due to insurance paradigm and other systemic changes. In this clearly written book, Colin Feltham outlines the practical, technical skills, strategies, and knowledge counselors must have in order to undertake time-limited counseling. Incorporating useful illustrative examples, he takes readers step by step through the counseling process and describes the most appropriate models of time-limited counseling for different clients and problems. Further chapters assess the management of time-limited counseling in different settings--including private practice--and look at research, training, and supervision issues. Time-Limited Counseling addresses the issues facing trainee and experienced counselors and is an invaluable guide for those who choose or are obliged to work within a time-limited framework.

The Nature of Time

Attitudes to Time in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Kinds and Models of Short-Term and Time-Limited Counselling and Psychotherapy
The Appropriateness of Time-Limited Counselling for Different Clients
Key Ingredients, Skills and Strategies
Case Examples
Learning from Experience

Problems and Troubleshooting
Management of Time-Limited Counselling in Context
Training, Supervision, Evaluation and Research Issues

`Excellent... [the book] explores the "provision of effective counselling with limited resources and under strict time pressures"... with some excellent writing on the nature of time and attitudes to time in counselling and psychotherapy... the evidence in favour [of short-term counselling] is put strongly. Colin Feltham favours it as an approach of choice for certain clients, which should co-exist with (rather than adversarially seek to oust and replace) longer-term therapy... The book is well researched. Colin Feltham draws from a wide range of literature, while identifying those key ingredients, skills and strategies that he has found especially significant. He also discusses some of the different contexts in which this work operates: EAPs, community, voluntary and statutory agencies, student counselling and private practice. Many of the questions and issues he poses... will be picked up most productively in training and supervision sessions' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

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