Key Concepts in Counselling and Psychotherapy: A Critical A-Z Guide to Theory

Key Concepts in Counselling and Psychotherapy: A Critical A-Z Guide to Theory

Paperback Open University Press

By (author) Vicki Smith, By (author) Dr. Patrizia Collard, By (author) Paula Nicolson, By (author) Rowan Bayne

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  • Publisher: OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 22mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Milton Keynes
  • ISBN 10: 0335242219
  • ISBN 13: 9780335242214
  • Sales rank: 534,112

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"This book provides a very good introduction to the key concepts and theories that inform and frame the current psychotherapeutic and counselling landscape. Each author has written on a selection of basic concepts as they are approached in their preferred therapeutic modality, resulting in an exciting and inclusive overview of both old and contemporary psychotherapeutic thought. In addition, each author is mindful of the importance of a critical appraisal of the various concepts and theories. Thus, this book will be extremely useful both for trainees and practitioners." Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis, Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton, London, UK "As well as being an invaluable source of knowledge about all aspects of counselling and psychotherapy, this book is a real pleasure to read. The authors have been able to capture the essence of ideas, traditions and key figures in a way that is accessible and a consistent source of delight and illumination. Highly recommended for anyone wishing to expand their psychotherapeutic horizons." John McLeod, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of Abertay Dundee, UK "This book does what it says on the tin, it highlights the key concepts and theories in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. It is a systematic and encyclopaedic voyage of all the central constructs in the field. It is very well written, snappy and thorough, but more important, it serves a vital need of putting in one place all the theories and concepts needed by anyone interested in counselling and psychotherapy." Cary L. Cooper, CBE, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University, UK and President of BACP "This is an invaluable guide for anyone wanting easily accessible information about counselling theory and practice. It will be as useful to trainees sitting as counsellors, as to experienced practitioners wanting to update their knowledge on the latest thinking." Tim Bond, University of Bristol, UK This helpful book offers a concise overview of core concepts within the four dominant approaches to counselling and psychotherapy: psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, cognitive behavioural and integrative. The book aims to assist you in developing your critical thinking and essay writing skills and includes: Over 140 entries, each between 500 and 1200 words Critical and engaging discussions of core concepts Biographical sketches of leading theorists, including: Freud, Jung and RogersUsing the popular alphabetical format, Key Concepts in Counselling and Psychotherapy is an ideal first source for students with an essay on counselling theory to write, a case study to analyse, a belief or assumption to challenge, or a question to explore. It will also appeal to practitioners or academics wanting to refresh their knowledge of theory and research.

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Vicki Smith is Senior Lecturer in Counselling Studies at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Dr Patrizia Collard is an international Mindfulness educator, writer, psychotherapist and coach in private practice and Senior Lecturer for Integrative Psychotherapy at the University of East London, UK. Paula Nicolson, Emeritus Professor of the Royal Holloway, University of London UK, is a freelance organisational consultant currently completing her training in psychodynamic couple counselling at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. Rowan Bayne is Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Counselling at the University of East London, UK.