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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

April 2015 | 1 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy is a two-volume source that traces theory and examines the beginnings of counseling and psychotherapy all the way to current trends and movements. This reference work draws together a team of international scholars that examine the global landscape of all the key counseling and psychotherapy theories and the theorists behind them while presenting them in context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. This is a quick, one-stop source that gives the reader the “who, what, where, how, and why” of contemporary counseling and psychotherapy theory. From historical context in which the theories were developed to the theoretical underpinnings which drive the theories, this reference encyclopedia has detailed and relevant information for all individuals interested in this subject matter.

Features & Benefits:

  • Approximately 335 signed entries fill two volumes available in a choice of print or electronic formats.
  • Back matter includes a Chronology of theory within the field of counseling to help students put individual theories within a broader context.
  • A Master Bibliography and a Resource Guide to key books, journals, and organizations guide students to further resources beyond the encyclopedia.
  • The Reader’s Guide, a detailed Index and the Cross References combine for effective search-and-browse in the e-version and helps students take the next steps in their research journeys.

This reference encyclopedia serves as an excellent source for any individual interested in the roots of contemporary counseling and psychotherapy theory. It is ideal for the public and professionals, as well as for students in counselor education programs especially those individuals who are pursuing a Masters level degree.


"An informative and easy-to-read introduction distinguishes psychotherapy from counseling and expounds on the important role of theory in the field today. With over 1200 pages, this two-volume source... will undoubtedly prove useful for students in graduate or undergraduate psychology courses and counseling education programs... Also included is a chronology to help readers place each theory in a historical context; this is extremely useful for beginning professionals and students in their first years of study to assist in setting the backdrop for the evolution of psychotherapy theories... This title is highly recommended." 

ARBA Staff Reviewer

"...this authoritative, two-volume work is the first encyclopedia to trace the evolution of theory in counseling and psychotherapy. ...The focus on theory makes this work unique.  It complements broader works like the APA Handbook of Counseling Psychology, ed. by Nadya A. Fouad et al. (CH, Dec'12, 50-2364).  Especially helpful for undergraduates, each of the 20 general categories/schools listed in the reader’s guide has an overview entry in the encyclopedia.  Also useful is the well-written, informative introduction, in which Neukrug differentiates counseling from psychotherapy and clarifies the meaning of theory in the context of the material covered in the encyclopedia. ... this set is a must-have for libraries supporting programs in counseling or clinical psychology. ...Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above; professionals/practitioners."

N. Nero
Princeton University

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ISBN: 9781452274126

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