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An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy

An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
From Theory to Practice

Third Edition (Updated Edition)
  • Andrew Reeves - Associate Professor, Counselling Professions and Mental Health, BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
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June 2022 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This latest edition introduces you to the fundamentals of counselling and psychotherapy, accompanied by fresh research, perspectives and case-studies - ensuring comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the context, theories, skills and practice of counselling professions.


This book also covers the latest developments in the world of counselling and psychotherapy, including:

-Online counselling and psychotherapy

-Social justice approaches and the political positioning of therapy

-Updated content and reading lists addressing diversity, inclusivity and decolonisation.


The Introduction is designed to support and expand your learning and development, with features such as discussion questions, prompts for reflection, case examples and further reading. Beyond the pages of the book, there is a complementary set of extensive online resources, including further case studies, journal articles and videos.


From newly enrolled to starting your practice placement, this book is the perfect companion for your counselling training, and beyond.


Part I: The Counselling Professions in Context
1. What Are the Counselling Professions? From Theory to Practice
2. Becoming a Counsellor or Psychotherapist: Personal and Professional Development
Part II: The Theories of the Counselling Professions
3. Psychodynamic Practice
4. Humanistic Practice
5. Cognitive-behavioural Practice
6. Integrative and Pluralistic Practice
7. Other Key Approaches
Part III: Skills and Practice in the Counselling Professions
8. Therapist Competencies and Counselling Skills
9. The Therapeutic Relationship
10. Clients and Presenting Issues
11. Working with Diversity and Difference
Part IV: Contextual Issues for the Counselling Professions
12. Professional Settings and Organisations
13. Law, Policy, Values and Ethics
14. Managing Professional Responsibilities
15. Developing Your Practice: Supervision, Research and Career Development
16. Final Thoughts

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