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The Therapeutic Use of Self in Counselling and Psychotherapy

The Therapeutic Use of Self in Counselling and Psychotherapy

October 2021 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book examines the ‘therapeutic use of self’, and the intertwining of the therapist’s professional self and their personal self.

Combining practical illustrations and case studies with theory and research, the book explores a number of questions, such as:

·        What are our personal values and attitudes and how do these manifest in our work with clients?

·        How do we interact with and impact others, and in what ways might this help or hinder our therapeutic work?

·        What might we represent to the client as a result of our particular social background, and how might this impact on the power dynamics within client relationships?

Learning features include Practical Applications, Research boxes, Case Examples, Critical Reflections, Discussion Questions and Further Reading. 

This is a must-read for any students studying professional practice, counselling process, ethics, skills, working online/remotely, the therapeutic relationship, and more. 

Chapter 1 - Therapeutic Use of Self
Chapter 2 - Being Welcoming
Chapter 3 - Being Open and Present
Chapter 4 - Being Empathically and Compassionately Attuned
Chapter 5 - Being Embodied
Chapter 6 - Being at a Distance
Chapter 7 - Being Creative
Chapter 8 - Being-with Parts of Self
Chapter 9 - Being a Wounded Healer
Chapter 10 - Relational Therapeutic Being

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ISBN: 9781529761450

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