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Experiences of Counselling in Action

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February 1990 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How do clients view the counseling process? How do counselors and therapists view their experiences in working with clients? Experiences of Counselling in Action answers these and other questions by presenting personal accounts of individual clients and counselors. Each individual relates their distinct counseling experience by exploring such issues as identity, expectations, trust, power, and the client-counselor relationship. In addition, each examines the intense personal meaning of "success" or "failure" in their respective roles. Tightly edited and well-written, this impressive volume provides important insights into this crucial dimension of the counseling experience. It will prove of great value to students and professionals in the areas of mental health, counseling and clinical psychology, and social work. "A strikingly original book. . . . A carefully crafted tapestry of chapters which takes the reader through much of the joy and despair of the therapeutic enterprise in a way which is always interesting and often deeply moving. . . . The richness of these chapters, as indeed of the whole book, will provide much encouragement to counsellors especially in their darkest hours." --British Journal fo Medical Psychology "It provides a stimulus for further study of many important and 'cutting edge' ideas not readily amenable to empirical research investigation. A book most imortant to all counseling and psychotherapy practitioners. Graduate level." --Choice "This often moving book offers important insights into a crucial dimension of counselling in action." --Association for Pastoral Care and Counselling "This is a book which would be equally useful to the humanistic practitioner and the more orthodox one. The breadth of sympathy is admirable in dealing with what is common to all orientations. This is one of those rare book which does justice both to the human experiences involved in counselling and psychotherapy, and to the theory which might explain those experiences." --Changes "[The] materal has been well consolidated by its presentation, which is well planned and clearly laid out. . . .I think the book is a very important addition to the practitioner's bookshelf, mostly because its contents allow counsellors and trainers to reflect upon their work and their profession as a whole." --British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

John McLeod
The Client's Experience of Counselling and Psychotherapy
A Review of the Research Literature  
Laura Allen
A Client's Experience of Failure
Myra Grierson
A Client's Experience of Success
Paul and Rosanne
The Experience of Couple Counselling
Brendan McLoughlin
The Client Becomes a Counsellor
John McLeod
The Practitioner's Experience of Counselling and Psychotherapy
A Review of the Research Literature  
Dave Mearns
The Counsellor's Experience of Failure
Dave Mearns
The Counsellor's Experience of Success
Senga Blackie
My Experience of Counselling Couples
Dave Mearns and Windy Dryden
What Might be Learned from these Experiences of Counselling in Action?

`This is one of the best books I have seen in the field of counselling, and it would be of interest to any counsellor or psychotherapist who is in training... some of the chapters are quite brilliant... I shall recommend this very strongly to the trainees and supervisees that I come across in my work, because there are very few books like this about - in fact, I can't think of one which even comes close. Not only that, it is also a book which would be equally useful to the humanistic practitioner and the more orthodox traditional one. There is a breadth of sympathy about this book which is admirable in not making heavy weather of contrasting theoretical configurations, but instead dealing with what is common to all orientations. There are many hints and tips which can be extracted from this book, and reading it is like having a conversation with a wise practitioner with a lot of experience who is really good at passing it on. What I am looking for all the time in this field is a book which does justice both to the human experiences involved in counselling and psychotherapy, and to the theory which might explain those experiences. This is one of those rare books which does both' - Self & Society

`a strikingly original book... a carefully crafted tapestry of chapters which takes the reader through much of the joy and despair of the therapeutic enterprise in a way which is always interesting and often deeply moving... the richness of... the whole book will provide much encouragement to counsellors in their darkest hours' - British Journal of Medical Psychology

`How hard it is to find a book to recommend to trainees, which will give them an insight into what counselling (and psychotherapy too, for that matter) is really like. This book does exactly that... This is a book which would be equally useful to the humanistic practitioner and the more orthodox one. The breadth of sympathy is admirable in dealing with what is common to all orientations. This is one of those rare books which does justice both to the human experiences involved in counselling and psychotherapy, and to the theory which might explain those experiences' - Changes

`The authors set out to compile a book in which experiences could be explored to "provide a stimulus to further study". In my view they certainly achieve what they set out to do... this book is a very important addition to the practitioner's bookshelf, mostly because its contents allow counsellors and trainers to reflect upon their work and their profession as a whole' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

`a sophisticated simplicity understandable by those experienced in the process of psychotherapy. It provides a stimulus for further study of many important and `cutting edge' ideas not readily amenable to empirical research investigation. A book most important to all counseling and psychotherapy practitioners' - Choice

`This often moving book offers important insights' - APCC Journal

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