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An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy

An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
From Theory to Practice

Second Edition (Updated Edition)
  • Andrew Reeves - Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health, Senior BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker.
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May 2018 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book introduces readers to everything they need to know about counselling and psychotherapy theory, skills and practice. Drawing on years of experience as a counselling practitioner and educator, Andrew Reeves links theory to the development of appropriate skills and locates it within the context of therapeutic practice. Features including chapter summaries, discussion questions, prompts for reflection, case examples and further reading help students to apply what they've learnt and give them the confidence to progress into practice. The book covers:
  • key theoretical approaches
  • personal development
  • counselling skills
  • professional settings
  • law, policy, values and ethics
  • working with difference and diversity
  • client and present issues, and more

Learning is also supported by a wealth of online resources such as case studies and videos that show what theory looks like in practice, as well as journal articles to help extend knowledge. This is the essential text for any trainee practitioner, or for anyone needing an introduction to the foundations of counselling theory and practice. 

Part I: Setting the Context
Chapter 1: What are the Counselling Professions?
Chapter 2: Becoming a Counsellor or Psychotherapist: Personal and Professional Development
Part II: Counselling & Psychotherapy Approaches
Chapter 3: Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
Chapter 4: Cognitive-behavioural counselling and psychotherapy
Chapter 5: Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
Chapter 6: Integrative and Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
Chapter 7: Other Key Counselling and Psychotherapy Approaches
Part III: Counselling Practice and Skills
Chapter 8: The Therapeutic Relationship
Chapter 9: Therapist Competencies and Counselling Skills
Chapter 10: Clients and Presenting Issues
Chapter 11: Working with Diversity and Difference
Part IV: Professional Issues
Chapter 12: Professional Settings and Organisations
Chapter 13: Law, Policy, Values and Ethics
Chapter 14: Managing Professional Responsibilities
Chapter 15: Developing Your Practice: Supervision, Research, Career Development
Chapter 16: Conclusions

Reeves’ (and his colleagues) text is one of the most comprehensive textbooks that introduces counselling and psychotherapy to students. It has a very broad scope, offers an in-depth perspective and yet remains student and reader-friendly.

Ladislav Timulak
Course Director of Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Trinity College Dublin

Andrew’s wealth of experience shines through in this comprehensive account of what it entails to be a counsellor or psychotherapist. No stone is left unturned as he accurately identifies salient issues in training, routine practice and professional mastery. Highly recommended for both practitioners and potential clients.

Emeritus Professor Sue Wheeler
University of Leicester

Reeves and his chapters’ co-authors have done us a great service here. Written with clarity and authority, his updated Introduction offers both practical and theoretical insights across the broad and complex territories of the current counselling and psychotherapy world. The book’s sheer scope is impressive, but equally so is his personal presence in the text. The reader never loses the sense of who is talking to them: someone steeped in, and deeply committed to, the therapeutic enterprise.

Jonathan Wyatt
Director of the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry and Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, The University of Edinburgh

Jammed with useful and easy to read information, this is a great book for trainee counsellors who are looking to expand their theoretical knowledge through practical and fun means.

Lauren Walker
Counselling Undergraduate

Easy reading, this book is easier to understand than any other

Philippa Bullock
Counselling & Psychotherapy Undergraduate

I think this new edition would be a vital resource for all current and future trainees of the counselling profession. I will be using this new edition especially for the video materials

Frances Head
Counselling Undergraduate

A comprehensive and thought-provoking introduction to what counselling is and how it is practised; ideal for all therapists-in-training, qualified practitioners of all modes and other professionals performing a counselling role.

Angela Russell
Counselling & Psychotherapy Undergraduate

This book is less of an 'introduction to counselling' and more of an 'all you need to know'. Some discussion around the nature of research and evidence, the current mental health discourse, and contemporary developments and issues in the field provide an essential backdrop to this accessible and interactive resource. This book would be a great resource not just for trainees and those starting out in their career but for trainers and lecturers too, and a useful tool for supervisors. It is thought-provoking, inspiring and encourages reflexivity and critical thinking.

Michelle Higgins, MBACP (Accred)
School counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice

A good book for my Introduction for all my Counselling groups.

Ms Edna Ogundare
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
May 26, 2021

I have found this book insightful and informative. there are a wide breadth of topics covered within, with current issues addressed in great detail. This book is written in an accessible user friendly way.

Mrs Louise Allen
Counselling Department, Riverside College Halton
December 18, 2019

Sample Materials & Chapters

What are the Counselling Professions?