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The Beginner's Guide to Counselling & Psychotherapy


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Foreword - Cary Cooper Introduction - Stephen Palmer An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy - Stephen Palmer and Colin Feltham The Therapeutic Relationship - Alanna O'Broin Psychodynamic Approaches Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy - Jenny Warner and Gerhard Baumer Psychodynamic (Freudian) Counselling and Psychotherapy - Lesley Murdin Psychodynamic (Jungian) Counselling and Psychotherapy - Jean Stokes Psychodynamic (Kleinian) Counselling and Psychotherapy - Julia Segal Cognitive Behavioural Approaches Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Joda Lloyd and Frank Bond Behaviour Therapy - Berrni Curwen, Peter Ruddell and Stephen Palmer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Kasia Szymanska and Stephen Palmer Compassion Focused Therapy - Paul Gilbert and Chris Irons Dialectical Behaviour Therapy - Christine Dunkley and Stephen Palmer Hypnotherapy - Donald Robertson Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy - Michael Neenan Humanistic-Existential Approaches Existential Counselling - Emmy van Deurzen Gestalt Therapy - Ken Evans and Maria Gilbert Person-Centred Therapy - Kate Hayes Primal Integration - John Rowan Psychosynthesis - Jean Hardy, Helen Sieroda and Diana Whitmore Transactional Analysis - Ian Stewart and Mark Widdowson Integrative and Eclectic Approaches Cognitive Analytic Therapy - Stephen Kellett and Ian Kerr Interpersonal Psychotherapy - Elizabeth Robinson and Graham Dyson Lifeskills Counselling - Richard Nelson-Jones and Stephen Palmer Multimodal Therapy - Stephen Palmer Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy - John McLeod and Mick Cooper Constructivist Approaches Narrative Therapy - Anja Bjoroy, Stephen Madigan and David Nylund Neuro-Linguistic Programming - Juliet Grayson Personal Construct Counselling and Psychotherapy - Fay Fransella and Stephen Palmer Solution-Focused Therapy - Bill O'Connell Research and Professional Practice Issues Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Roy Moodley and Claire Barnes Professional Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Robert Bor, Carina Eriksen and Margaret Oakes Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Terry Hanley and Laura Anne Cutts Afterword - Stephen Palmer Appendices 1-3 - Stephen Palmer Glossary

About the Author

Professor Stephen Palmer PhD is an award winning psychologist and psychotherapist. He is Founder Director of the Centre for Stress Management, London. He is the UK's first Visiting Professor of Work Based Learning and Stress Management at Middlesex University. He has authored/edited over 50 books including The Beginner's Guide to Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2015). He is Co-editor of the European Journal of Counselling Theory, Research and Practice. Currently he is Honorary President of the International Stress Management Association; President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology; Founder Co-Chair of the London Branch of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies; a Founder Director and Vice President of the Society of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and a Director and Deputy Chair of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. His interests include jazz, art and coastal walking.


Written by established leaders in the field and talented (relative) newcomers, this book is a comprehensive introduction to the wider field of counselling and psychotherapy and as such will be useful to trainees across a range of the psychological professions. The chapters on diversity, research and professional issues are a crucial and welcome addition to the field and should enable practitioners to recognise their wider role in clients' lives.

-- Professor Martin Milton

This work provides an exemplary introduction to the field of counselling and psychotherapy. An impressively wide range of theoretical modalities are covered in a svelte manner that recommends this text as both a sound resource for beginner counsellors and psychotherapists as well as a valuable reference for seasoned practitioners. Of particular recommendation is the manner in which the text aids the reader in understanding how these modalities fit into the broader field. This is done through effective introductions and examinations of topics such as the therapeutic relationship, relationships among different approaches and through the exploration of contemporary research and practice issues. It is undoubtedly a text that one will want on their shelves for ready and repeated use.

-- Dr. Graham du Plessis

Incorporating contributions from key figures with in the counselling field, this book provides an excellent introduction to the diversity of counselling approaches that underpin contemporary practice. It also addresses important issues such as the significance of research, diversity counselling and the maintenance and development of professional and ethical practice. Authoritative but accessible, it is a valuable introductory text for trainee counsellors and prospective clients alike, as well as a useful resource for practitioners wishing to keep abreast of wider developments within the counselling world.

-- Dr Liz Ballinger

There is a great need for textbooks that help students and practitioners make sense of all the different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. The second edition of Stephen Palmers' book helps us do that. The case studies at the end of each chapter help bring it all to life especially as they are written by those who actually apply the various theories day to day.

I also liked the way that differing approaches to CBT were treated separately rather than lumped together as they are in some introductory texts. Other useful additions are the chapters outlining a pluralist approach to the therapeutic relationship and overviews of professional issues, research and diversity issues.

-- Simon O'Donohoe

This book makes a solid contribution to the literature on counselling and psychotherapy, underpinned by the rich expertise and extensive professional experience of the many authors. Stephen Palmer has done an excellent job in editing an accessible yet wide-ranging coverage of the field. This text will appeal not just to beginners but also practitioners and other interested readers. I look forward to recommending it to my students.

-- Dr Sanjay Joban

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