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Key Issues for Counselling in Action

SAGE celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Counselling in Action in November 2008. To view the video - click here ------------------------------------------------------ Effective counselling is based on a strong working relationship between counsellor and client. Building and maintaining this therapeutic alliance, demands both skill and an ability to negotiate challenges which arise during the counselling process. Key Issues for Counselling in Action prepares new practitioners for face-to-face work with clients by looking at what is required at each stage of the process and examining issues which practitioners most frequently need to deal with along the way. The topics covered are relevant to all counsellors, regardless of theoretical orientation. The book explores the everyday issues counsellors face when: - getting started - making an assessment - working at relational depth - setting goals, and - ending the relationship Advice is also given on more difficult challenges, such as dealing with: - reluctant clients - stuckness - client dependency, and - unplanned endings. Key Issues for Counselling in Action is a bestselling text which has been used to train many thousands of counsellors as well as supporting their continuing professional development. This second edition has been completely re-written and includes new material on the use of touch, self-care, culture and counselling evaluation. Windy Dryden is Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies, Professional and Community Education (PACE) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Andrew Reeves is a University Counsellor at the University of Liverpool Counselling Service and Editor of the journal, Counselling & Psychotherapy Research.
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The Therapeutic Alliance as an Integrating Framework - Windy Dryden PART ONE: INITIATING THE THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE The Very First Contact with People Enquiring about or Seeking Counselling - Windy Dryden Structuring the Counselling Process - Barbara Lawton Initiating Counselling - Phoebe Lambert Client Assessment - Andrew Reeves PART TWO: DEEPENING THE THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE The Dynamics of Shame in the Therapeutic Relationship - Jules Howdin Working at Relational Depth - Mick Cooper Getting Somewhere: Goals and Problems for Counselling - Pierce O'Carroll Tailoring Your Approach to Different Clients - Windy Dryden PART THREE: DEALING WITH THREATS TO THE THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE Working with Reluctant Clients - Clive Carswell Working with Transference in Counselling - Jane Macaskie Working with the Concept of Stuckness - Fatima Fernandes Working with Client Dependency - Kirsten Amis PART FOUR: ENDING THE THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE Working with a Planned Ending - Maggie Robson Anticipating and Working with Unplanned Endings - Maggie Robson PART FIVE: ISSUES FOR THE COUNSELLOR Using Counsellor Supervision - Gail King Feelings of Incompetence in Therapy: Causes, Consequences and Coping Strategies - Anne Theriault and Nick Gazzola Countertransference - Clare Symons How Close do I get to My Clients? - David Tune Counselling and Culture - James Barrott Counsellor Self-Care - Amanda Larcombe Evaluating Counselling and Evidence Based Practice - Ruth Caleb & Dave Berger

About the Author

Windy Dryden is one of the leading practitioners and trainers in the UK in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tradition of psychotherapy. He is best known for his work in Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RECBT), a leading CBT approach. He has been working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy since 1975 and was one of the first people in Britain to be trained in CBT. He has published over 200 books and has trained therapists all over the world, in as diverse places as the UK, the USA, South Africa, Turkey and Israel. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Andrew Reeves is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Originally qualified as a social worker, Andrew then trained in counselling and psychotherapy and specialised in child protection and adult mental health before moving to working full-time as a counsellor at the University of Liverpool. He has researched therapy with suicidal clients and people who self-injure and self-harm for over 15 years and has written extensively about this, including his 2010 book with SAGE, Counselling Suicidal Clients. His award-winning training DVD, Tight Ropes and Safety Nets: Counselling Suicidal Clients (with Jon Shears and Sue Wheeler) is now being used by many therapy training programmes throughout the UK. Andrew's other books with SAGE include An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: From Theory to Practice (2012); The Handbook of Individual Therapy, 6th edition, co-edited with Windy Dryden; and Key Issues for Counselling in Action, 2nd edition, also co-edited with Windy Dryden. In 2015, SAGE launched a new series with Andrew as the editor, Essential Issues for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


`This new edition meets the challenges of counselling today and brings alive issues that have arisen in the last twenty years, adding up to an important new text for inclusion in counsellor training' - Colin Feltham, Course Leader in Counselling & Psycholtherapy, Sheffield Hallam University -- UK Reviewsall This is a wonderful book for the new and trainee counsellor and should be on every courses' book list. It covers a wide area and with the different authors' voices speaking it has a varied tone. -- Sue Nyirenda

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