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The Therapeutic Use of Self in Counselling and Psychotherapy

The Therapeutic Use of Self in Counselling and Psychotherapy

May 2022 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book examines the ‘therapeutic use of self’, and the intertwining of the therapist’s professional self and their personal self.

Combining practical illustrations and case studies with theory and research, the book explores a number of questions, such as:

·        What are our personal values and attitudes and how do these manifest in our work with clients?

·        How do we interact with and impact others, and in what ways might this help or hinder our therapeutic work?

·        What might we represent to the client as a result of our particular social background, and how might this impact on the power dynamics within client relationships?

Learning features include Practical Applications, Research boxes, Case Examples, Critical Reflections, Discussion Questions and Further Reading. 

This is a must-read for any students studying professional practice, counselling process, ethics, skills, working online/remotely, the therapeutic relationship, and more. 

Chapter 1 - Therapeutic Use of Self
Chapter 2 - Being Welcoming
Chapter 3 - Being Open and Present
Chapter 4 - Being Empathically and Compassionately Attuned
Chapter 5 - Being Embodied
Chapter 6 - Being at a Distance
Chapter 7 - Being Creative
Chapter 8 - Being-with Parts of Self
Chapter 9 - Being a Wounded Healer
Chapter 10 - Relational Therapeutic Being

An invaluable book for all counselling students and trainees. The book is structured well and in each chapter explanations are accessible and clear. Throughout the book, the author highlights the importance of the therapeutic alliance and the significance of the self in the counselling and psychotherapy practice. The need for practitioners to fully engage in self development/awareness is present throughout and helpful clinical examples illustrate the key points discussed. Important aspects of the therapeutic relationship such as power dynamics are discussed as well as the role of research in contemporary practice.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
July 16, 2023

An easily accessible book, which contains lots of interesting case studies which support the teaching of the use of self within Counselling.

Mr Neil Dickson
Department of Psychology, University Campus Oldham
September 20, 2022

The book is informative of counselling skills and counselling information. It helps to explain the information without being confusing for level 4 counselling students. The book is a great read to expand a learners knowledge and develop their use of self and own counselling skills/understanding.

Mrs Sophie Stephenson
Health and Social Sciences, University Centre Grimsby
August 15, 2022

Linda Finlay is very much liked by the academics here so this title will automatically go on the relevant reading lists. This book will be used on the Levels 3 and 4 courses and the FD and BA courses. Our students spend a lot of time looking at the therapeutic relationships they are building with clients, so this book will help particularly when looking at relationship issues in areas of ethnicity, culture and race

Professor Ruth Malaney
LRC, Guildford College
December 10, 2021

Stimulating and accessible

Mr Keith Walmsley-Smith
Psychology, Sport, and Exercise, Staffordshire University
February 25, 2022

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Sample Chapter 1

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