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Counselling Skills in Action

Counselling Skills in Action

Fourth Edition
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March 2020 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Now in its 4th edition, this bestselling book introduces you to the core counselling and psychotherapy skills you will need for effective therapeutic practice. With an online resource site featuring over 30 videos, you will be taken step-by-step through the skills and strategies needed at each stage of the therapy process. 

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Learning Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Overview of the Skills-Based Model
Building Your Foundations
The Beginning Stage: Focusing and Connection
The Middle Stage: Exploring and Deepening
The Ending Stage: Reflection and Transition
Working in Practice: Common Issues, Competency and Self-Care
Case Study
Success in Practice: Using Your Learning

A wonderfully clear, focused, and practical guide to counselling skills—illustrated, throughout, with dialogues and case descriptions. Informed and informative, this book will be an excellent companion for any trainees taking the first steps in counselling and psychotherapeutic work.

Mick Cooper
University of Roehampton

For most trainee counsellors and psychotherapists and, indeed, qualified and experienced practitioners too, there is a small number of ‘go to’ books that shout loudly above the noise.  Those books that not only inform and educate, but transcend to define practice itself.  Counselling Skills in Action, now presented here in its Fourth Edition, is one of those texts.  Megan Stafford and Tim Bond have crafted a piece of work that not only remains vital in today’s contemporary practice landscape, but continues to push boundaries and creates space for innovation.  A very welcome addition to my reading list indeed.

Dr Andrew Reeves
Associate Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health

A helpful book for the initial stages of counselling training. The authors offer useful detailed explanations on how to use counselling skills effectively. Practical examples illustrate the effectiveness of the skills in the different stages of the counselling process.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
November 17, 2020

A really helpful text which balances theory and practice in an accessible way. There are lots of practical activities and opportunities for reflection to allow counselling students to explore each topic in greater depth, and clear examples of extracts from sessions are provided throughout to aid understanding.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
August 2, 2020