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The Handbook of Counselling Psychology

The Handbook of Counselling Psychology

Fourth Edition
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February 2016 | 696 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This fourth edition provides the most comprehensive guide to the field of counselling psychology, exploring a range of theories and philosophical underpinnings, practice approaches and contexts, and professional issues. It has been updated to reflect current issues and debates and to map onto the training standards, and offers the ultimate companion for your journey through counselling psychology training and into the workplace.


New to the fourth edition:

  • Chapters on: Person-Centred Therapy; Mindfulness; Neuroscience; Engaging with and Carrying out Research; Reflective Practice; International Dimensions; and Ecopsychology
  • A companion website offering hours of video and audio, including conversations with counselling psychology practitioners and trainees, and articles, exercises and case studies
  • Other new features include: Further Reading, ‘Day in the Life of’ dialogues with practitioners; Reflective Exercises, and Discussion Points, and new case studies.


Special attention has been paid to the topic of research, both as a theme throughout the book, and through four new chapters covering the use, carry out and publication of research at different stages of training and practice.


The handbook is the essential textbook for students and practitioners in the field of counselling psychology and allied health professions, at all stages of their career and across a range of settings, both in the UK and internationally.


Section I: Situating Counselling Psychology
Ray Woolfe
Chapter 1: Mapping the world of helping: the place of counselling psychology
Sheelagh Strawbridge
Chapter 2: Science, craft and professional values
Section II: Setting Out on the Journey
Leonie Sugarman
Chapter 3: Designing your life map
Mark Donati
Chapter 4: Becoming a reflective practitioner
Victoria Galbraith
Chapter 5: Engaging with academia and training programmes
Jane Lawrence
Chapter 6: Entering clinical placements
Paul Hitchings
Chapter 7: Becoming a supervisee
Isabel Henton
Chapter 8: Engaging with research
Section III: Finding Your Way
Barbara Douglas
Chapter 9: Conceptualising in client work
David Pilgrim
Chapter 10: Diagnosis and formulation in medical contexts
Martin Milton
Chapter 11: Forming a relationship: a phenomenological encounter
Simon Parritt
Chapter 12: Working with difference and diversity
Victoria Galbraith
Chapter 13: Developing self-care and resilience
Elaine Kasket
Chapter 14: Carrying out research
Elisabeth Shaw and Michael Carroll
Chapter 15: Towards ethical maturity in counselling psychology
Diane Hammersley
Chapter 16: The interface between psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches
Section IV: Encountering the Landscapes
Andrew Hill and Mick Cooper
Chapter 17: Person-centred therapy in the twenty-first century: growth and actualization
Diane Sanders
Chapter 18: The evolving world of cognitive and mindfulness-based interventions
Sarah Bartlett
Chapter 19: Psychodynamic interpersonal model - a perfect fit for Counselling Psychology?
Anja Bjorøy, Stephen Madigan and David Nylund
Chapter 20: The Practice of therapeutic letter writing in narrative therapy
Hamilton Fairfax
Chapter 21: Neuropsychology and counselling psychology
Paul Moloney
Chapter 22: Community psychology and the counselling psychologist
Martin Milton
Chapter 23: Psychological practice in a time of environmental crisis: counselling psychology and ecopsychology
Section V: Different Territories
Pam James
Chapter 24: Counselling psychology and its international dimensions
Gail Sinitsky
Chapter 25: Therapeutic work with children
Dee Danchev
Chapter 26: Counselling psychology in educational settings
David Lane
Chapter 27: Counselling psychology in organizations: from problem fixing to emergence and growth
Clive Sims
Chapter 28: Working as a counselling psychologist in forensic contexts
Rachel Davies
Chapter 29: Journeying through physical health
Garrett Kennedy and Yesim Arikut-Treece
Chapter 30: Working as a counselling psychologist in primary care
Hamilton Fairfax
Chapter 31: The role of counselling psychology in secondary adult mental health care
Terry Hanley, Edith Steffen and Denis O’Hara
Chapter 32: Research: from consumer to producer
Section VI: Becoming a Guide
Lewis Blair
Chapter 33: The transition from trainee to qualified counselling psychologist
Nicola Gale
Chapter 34: Leading and managing
Ray Woolfe
Chapter 35: Becoming a supervisor
Stelios Gkouskos
Chapter 36: Becoming a trainer
Caroline Vermes
Chapter 37: Becoming an entrepreneur – practitioner
Elaine Kasket
Chapter 38: Researching across the career span

Excellent, insightful and extremely interesting, a favored text to support training and beyond.

Ms Su Illingworth
Professional Development Team, Craven College
May 18, 2018

This new Edition is enriched with new and interesting professional and conceptual topics in the field of Counselling Psychology. The multiple authors of this volume and their diverse perspectives indeed celebrate
the pluralistic plilosophy of the discipline.

Dr Nicholas Sarantakis
Department of Counselling Studies, York St John University
October 31, 2017

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