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Counselling and Therapy Techniques

Counselling and Therapy Techniques
Theory & Practice

  • Augustine Meier - Ph.D., certified clinical psychologist, professor Emeritus, Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario and Founder and President of the Ottawa Institute for Obj
  • Micheline Boivin - M.A., certified clinical psychologist, Psychological Services of the Family, Youth and Children's Program at the Centre for Health and Social Services, Gatineau, Quibec

October 2010 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This is the first book on counselling skills to look in detail at the practical interventions and tools used to establish the therapeutic relationship. Step-by-step, the text teaches the reader exactly how to use these skills with clients to address their concerns and achieve therapeutic change.

Integrative and pluralistic in approach, the text covers the key techniques from all the major therapeutic models, placing them in their historical and theoretical contexts. Techniques covered include empathic responding, experiential focusing, Gestalt, metaphors, task-directed imagery, ego state therapy, solution focused therapy, cognitive behvioral therapy, narrative therapy and self-in-relationship therapy. The book:

- presents each technique from the perspective of its underlying theory;

- gives practical instruction on how to deliver each intervention;

- provides extracts from counselling sessions to demonstrate the technique in action.

This book is crucial reading for all trainees on counselling and psychotherapy courses or preparing to use counselling techniques in a range of other professional settings. It is also helpful for professionals who wish to acquire additional skills.

Augustine Meier, certified clinical psychologist, professor Emeritus, Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario and Founder and President of the Ottawa Institute for Object Relations Therapy.

Micheline Boivin, certified clinical psychologist, Psychological Services of the Family, Youth and Children's Program at the Centre for Health and Social Services, Gatineau, Québec.

Theoretical Bridges and the Psychotherapy Process
Epistemological Foundations  
Psychotherapeutic Content - Client Experiences  
Encoding Experiences  
Psychic Organisations and Processes  
Target of Change: Behaviour or Reworking and Rebuilding Psychic Organizations  
Phases of the Change Process and Techniques  
Techniques and the Therapeutic Relationship  
Therapist - Client Collaboration  
Discriminate Use of a Technique  
Ethical Considerations and the Use of Techniques  
Empathic Responses
Empathy: Origin and Definitions  
Theoretical Aspects  
Measuring Accurate Empathy  
The Technique of Empathic Responding  
Guidelines for Formulating and Communicating Empathic Responses  
Common Problems and Empathic Inhibitors  
Illustration: Tania  
The Experiential Focusing Technique
Theoretical Aspects  
The Practice of Experiential Focusing  
Illustration: Simone  
The Gestalt Empty-Chair and Two-Chair Techniques
Part 1: Personality Organization and Processes  
Primary Motivating Factor  
Contact and Contact Boundary  
Stages of Personality Development  
Subsystems of Personality  
Processes of Personality Development  
Organismic Self-Regulation  
Boundary Disturbances  
Therapeutic Goals, Role of Therapist and Techniques  
Part 2: The Gestalt Empty-Chair Technique  
Unfinished Business  
The Gestalt Empty-Chair Technique in Action  
Illustration: Robert  
Part 3: The Gestalt Two-Chair Technique  
Theoretical Aspects  
Procedures Using the Gestalt Two-Chair Technique  
Illustration: Rick  
The Use of Metaphors in Therapy
Metaphor: Definition, Structure, and Power  
Client-Generated Metaphors  
Types of Client-Generated Metaphors  
Techniques to Unravel Metaphors  
Eliciting and Exploring Client-Generated Metaphors  
Pitfalls in Using Metaphors  
Ethical Considerations  
Illustration: Karen  
Task-Directed Imagery
Imagery in Context  
Task-Directed Imagery  
Illustration: Maylyn  
Ego-State Therapy
Ego States: Major Concepts, Development, and Activation  
The Practice of Ego-State Therapy  
Illustration: Sonja  
Solution-Focused Therapy
Theoretical Aspects  
The Practice of Solution-Focused Therapy  
Procedures for Doing Solution-Focused Therapy  
Illustration: Colleen  
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
Part 1: Theoretical Aspects  
Theory of Personality  
Theory of Psychopathology  
Part 2: Psychotherapy Procedures and Techniques  
Goal of Therapy  
Fundamental Clinical Processes  
Psychotherapeutic Techniques  
Part 3: Working with Automatic Thoughts  
Illustration: Sébastien  
Part 4: Working with Schemas  
Classification of Schemas  
Schema Processes  
Illustration: Sébastien  
Narrative Therapy
Theoretical Influences  
Theoretical Aspects  
The Practice of Narrative Therapy  
Method in Working with Narratives  
Ethical Considerations  
Illustration: Sonja  
Self-in-Relationship Psychotherapy
Major Concepts and Processes  
Therapeutic Process  
Illustration: Sofía  

'This original and sophisticated book provides advanced students with a focused introduction to the main schools of counselling, offering detailed, accurate and highly specific information about each counselling technique. Ideal reading for postgraduate psychology students, counselling psychology trainees or trainee counsellors, I would recommend this book for my students.' - Dr Fiona Starr, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Principal Lecturer, School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University

'This book is a pleasure to read. Written in an easy-to-follow format the contents provide the reader with not only the theory of each technique but more importantly the ways in which it can be used. Therapists will find this a useful addition to their bookshelves and to their therapeutic work in general. As someone who taught on Diploma and Masters programmes in Counselling, this book will also be of considerable use to trainee therapists and tutors alike.' - Gladeana McMahon, Co-Director, Centre for Stress Management and Chair of the Association for Coaching UK

excellent resource

Mrs Debbie Mccallum
Community Studies, Truro College
December 10, 2014

excellent resource for students to refresh their learning

Mrs Debbie Mccallum
Community Studies, Truro College
December 10, 2014

I found the Corey text to be a superior text.

Professor J. Roy Gillis
Applied Psychology & Human Development, OISE, Univ of Toronto
November 20, 2013

This book has been recommended to 2nd year BSc Learning Disability and Mental Health sudents in particular, in support of their paractice and theoretical assignments . It has clear explanations of various theories with good examples. A number of students have already borrowed the book and are keen to purchase.

Mrs Jackie Robertson
School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University
April 22, 2013

I especially liked chapter 4 on the Gestalt empty chair and two chair technique and chapter 5 on the use of metaphors. It is most unusual to find chapters on these topics in a textbook that isn't written for a specific approach. The chapters are also well-written and suitable for students who do not have a lot of background knowledge.

Ms Ann Walker
Department of Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University
April 13, 2013

We cover how counselling fits in with youth work so this is a useful background to the topic

Mr Baljeet Gill
Youth and Community, Ruskin College Oxford
October 31, 2012

This book is an excellent resource for Higher Education Counselling students. The counsellor/client examples given in each chapter superbly illustrate the chosen therapeutic model. Each chapter ends with some thought prevoking reflective questions. Highly recommended!

Dr Bill Naylor
Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
December 13, 2011

Good overview of therapies for introductory level students

A more critical stance throughout or at least clear reference to research for each approach and limitations thereof would be helpful even for such entry level book.

nevertheless a readable book
but not crucial purchase at degree level

Mr Simon Easton
Department of Psychology, Portsmouth University
November 25, 2011

Students find it useful for a general background into the profession

Mr Baljeet Gill
Youth and Community, Ruskin College Oxford
July 12, 2011

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