The Focusing-Oriented Counselling Primer: A Concise, Accessible, Comprehensive Introduction

The Focusing-Oriented Counselling Primer: A Concise, Accessible, Comprehensive Introduction

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By (author) Campbell Purton

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  • Publisher: Pccs Books
  • Format: Paperback | 122 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 10mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 6 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 1898059829
  • ISBN 13: 9781898059820
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 142,107

Product description

The new "Counselling Primer" series from PCCS Books, supplementary to the bestselling "Steps in Counselling" series, is suitable for both beginners and higher level students who want a succinct boost to their knowledge of a particular area. Beginners will find the style companionable and reassuring, while more advanced readers will appreciate the incisive and authoritative writing with pointers for further reading and resources. Trainers will find the series a dependable learning aid."Counselling Primers" bridge the gap between introductory, intermediate and diploma level courses, each book providing a concise overview of a particular counselling approach. Each "Counselling Primer" will be a perfect essay resource or a springboard for further study.

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Author information

Campbell Purton is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Counselling Studies at the University of East Anglia, where he is the director of the MA/Postgraduate Diploma course in Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy. He also contributes to the work of the UEA Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. He is the author of Person-Centred Counselling: The Focusing-Oriented Approach, and the editor (with Judy Moore) of Counselling and Spirituality: Experiential and Theoretical Perspectives.Campbell works as a counsellor at the University of East Anglia Counselling Service, and in private practice. He completed his Ph.D. in philosophy and has taught philosophy at universities in Canada and the UK, as well as many adult education classes in philosophy and counselling. His main interests are in the philosophical background of counselling, the philosophical and therapeutic ideas of Eugene Gendlin, and the relationship between therapy and spiritual practices.

Review quote

This slim and elegant book does exactly what it says on the tin - it prepares the reader for a clear and basic understanding of the subject of focusing-oriented counselling whilst also pointing the way to further exploration and development. Trudy Johnston, Lecturer in Counselling, University of Cumbria (UK), British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, October 2008.

Table of contents

1 The origins of Focusing-Oriented Counselling 2 A special way of talking 3 The idea of a 'felt sense' 4 Focusing: working with the whole thing 5 Felt sense, thought, and emotion 6 The focusing process 7 Focusing partnerships 8 The core of focusing-oriented counselling 9 Helping the client to relate to their experiencing 10 Focusing-oriented transcript 11 Glimpses of a theory 12 Research into focusing and focusing-oriented counselling Appendix resources for learning Glossary