For too long Counselling Psychology perspectives to understanding human distress have been drowned out by medical and clinical voices. This book challenges this, adding as it does to the emerging literature offering reflection and debate as to what a human – and humane - approach to such distress might be. By reflecting on the dilemmas embedded in this area this book offers a rare chance to think meaningfully about distress rather than simply ‘do something’ to it.
I believe that this book makes a really useful and timely contribution to the literature and therefore potentially to clinical practice. It will be valuable to psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and others engaged in therapeutic practice in a wide range of contexts. It combines elements of critical thinking with a real depth of clinical experience and a useful selection of examples. The book contains contributions from both the authors and a range of clinicians with many years of experience.
This is an excellent and timely evaluation of some of the most common presenting problems faced by the contemporary psychological therapist. What makes this book so unique is constant linking between theory and practice, allowing the reader true insight into the thinking behind the conceptualisation of distress as well as how to work with it effectively in the consulting room. The book will appeal to students, practitioners and academics alike.
For me, a therapist but not a psychologist, the book’s greatest strength was the insight it gave me into the breadth of counselling psychology practice and the inclusion by the authors of multiple perspectives in their interventions with clients. It is, I would suggest, essential reading for counselling psychologists and may also be of interest to other therapists.
This insightful book [...] should be in the library of every counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology practitioner, whether experienced or in training [...] This is a thoroughly refreshing read that validates the importance of keeping the client in mind and providing a type of care that is individual, attuning and compassionate via the therapeutic relationship.
Good range of presenting issues covered, excellent book for completing assignments and good use of case studies throughout
This is a great introductory text for trainees and potential trainees to give them an up close a personal sense of typically presenting cases in psychotherapy, covering a diverse range of poignant illustrative examples.
This book provides a useful guide to working with different presenting issues.
This is a good introductory book but it could have done with more details and seemed a bit thin on theory.
This is a very comprehensive book and clearly written for all students.
I enjoyed this topical and very accessible volume, which I think will appeal to our final year students, who are already engaging in therapeutic practice. It offers clear clinical input, with case study vignettes which help to bring theory to life.
Useful book with clear text
The authors successfully give a distinct counselling psychology perspective on the sorts of distress that we routinely see in our consulting rooms. It integrates theory and practice in a concise way that will be invaluable for trainees and qualified psychological therapists who have to negotiate the gaps between diagnostic criteria and clinical experience.
More useful for me as a teaching to remember what the students might not yet be aware of, and will be mentioning the book as a contextualising text if they want an overview, or 'feel' for the presenting issue.
This is quite an intriguing book in that it tries to bring together the medical and nonmedical models in looking at therapeutic approaches to common problems. The chapters are (ironically as acknowledged by the authors) titled according to the medical model. Each chapter then gives some historical context of the condition followed by a section on dilemmas and then a section on research and practice. These sections are usually written by different authors with quite different writing styles.
This book will be recommended for level 5 students who are preparing for a counselling placement.
There is a focused range of presenting issues that will be of some interest to counsellors and therefore this book will be considered a supplemental text to support student research.
This is very informative, and practical guidance for social workers, thinking of intervening when there are complex issues of emotional and mental health. This will inform your practice and interventions. This will give a deeper understanding of the processes, specific needs, and which approaches are most helpful and considerations you need to make. A great refresher to update knowledge.
Highly relevant and well-written
Clear and relevant. Excellent for this level of study