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Key Issues for Counselling in Action

Key Issues for Counselling in Action

Second Edition
Edited by:
  • Windy Dryden
  • Andrew Reeves - Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health, Senior BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker.

September 2008 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

Windy Dryden
The Therapeutic Alliance as an Integrating Framework
Windy Dryden
The Very First Contact with People Enquiring about or Seeking Counselling
Barbara Lawton
Structuring the Counselling Process
Phoebe Lambert
Initiating Counselling
Andrew Reeves
Client Assessment
Jules Howdin
The Dynamics of Shame in the Therapeutic Relationship
Mick Cooper
Working at Relational Depth
Pierce O'Carroll
Getting Somewhere: Goals and Problems for Counselling
Windy Dryden
Tailoring Your Approach to Different Clients
Clive Carswell
Working with Reluctant Clients
Jane Macaskie
Working with Transference in Counselling
Fátima Fernandes
Working with the Concept of Stuckness
Kirsten Amis
Working with Client Dependency
Maggie Robson
Working with a Planned Ending
Maggie Robson
Anticipating and Working with Unplanned Endings
Gail King
Using Counsellor Supervision
Anne Thériault and Nick Gazzola
Feelings of Incompetence in Therapy: Causes, Consequences and Coping Strategies
Clare Symons
David Tune
How Close do I get to My Clients?
James Barrott
Counselling and Culture
Amanda Larcombe
Counsellor Self-Care
Ruth Caleb & Dave Berger
Evaluating Counselling and Evidence Based Practice

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
Community Counsellor Training Canterbury

`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

A must read for counselling students at diploma level as well as experienced counsellors. The authors provide insightful and thought provoking text on the therapy process and the relational challenges that all practitioners encounter at some point.

Mr Paul Turley
Counselling Training, Kent Adult Education
January 23, 2013

A good additional source book for the students

Dr Christine Stevens
Please select your department, Please select your institution
October 29, 2010

An important book for both trainee and experienced counsellors. Students at the beginning of their studies will find this text invaluable.

Mr Phil Thomas
Please select your department, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
June 9, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF