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Psychodynamic Counselling in a Nutshell

Psychodynamic Counselling in a Nutshell

Second Edition

February 2011 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Psychodynamic Counselling in a Nutshell explains in clear, jargon-free style, the concepts at the heart of the psychodynamic approach, and, drawing on case material, describes the therapeutic practice which rests on those ideas. Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, the book introduces:

- the history of the approach,

- the key main concepts, and

- practical techniques used by practitioners

In the first chapter, the author introduces a client, John, whose case is revisited throughout the book, connecting together theory and practice for the reader.

This new and revised edition also now includes new material on supervision and ethics, on Freud and Jung, and on outcome research and the most recent developments in the field.

Psychodynamic Counselling in a Nutshell is the ideal place to start for anyone reading about the psychodynamic approach for the first time.

Key Concepts in Psychodynamic Counselling
How Did We Get Here?
Foundations of Psychodynamic Thinking
Developments in Psychodynamic Thinking
Putting Concepts into Practice: What Happens in Psychodynamic Counselling?
Practical Skills in Psychodynamic Counselling
Beyond Theory and Practice

'Well written and thoughtfully structured, this highly accessible, lively text offers the reader a contemporary and comprehensive introduction to psychodynamic practice. Howard provides lucid explanations of core psychodynamic ideas and skills rooted in engaging clinical illustrations. It will be an invaluable companion both during and beyond training.'
Professor Alessandra Lemma, Trust-wide Head of Psychology and Visiting Professor
Essex University

'The book will be of especial use to trainees as well as to practising counsellors and others working in the welfare field. I recommend it highly.' - Larry O'Carroll, Goldsmiths, University of London
Larry O'Carroll
Goldsmiths, University of London

From the first edition: This is a more than useful little book. The pitch and voice are unpretentious, and the content, quality of information and degree of educative material are balanced and interesting -
Journal of Analytical Psychology

From the first edition: Small but perfectly formed. Susan Howard… has struck an easy balance here between theory and practice. She neatly illustrates key concepts such as transference, counter transference, making interpretations and so on, with succinct case examples. [The] 'mysteries' of psychodynamic counselling are unpacked with a clarity that has been lacking from many texts in this field. All [topics] are covered without jargon or oversimplification. Indeed, this is probably one of the clearest and therefore most informative texts I have read on the subject' -
The Psychologist

`Size-wise, these books span an open palm and have a very handy flap on the back and front as an integral feature of the cover which can be used as a bookmark. They are concise, yet thorough, providing introductions to the key elements of the theory and practice underpinning major therapeutic approaches… [An] ideal 'intro'… I would recommend these books because, 'in a nutshell', they work' -
Therapy Today

Concise and clear- very well-writted

Mr Keith Walmsley-Smith
Psychology & Mental Health, Staffordshire University
August 29, 2013

This little second edition explains the psychodynamic approach in a simple, clear, jargon-free style. The book is written for those with little or no previous knowledge of the subject. Excellent us of case material linked throughout, connecting theory and practice for the reader. It provides the reader with clear comparisons between what was proposed by the originators and more contemporary current thinkers in the psychodynamic domain. This 'nutshell' is the ideal starting point for anyone wanting to read about the psychodynamic approach, giving the reader an accessible way of understanding complex ideas and concepts. A valuable aid to the beginner.

Ms Eilish McGuinness
Counselling & Psychotherapy Department, PCI College
August 23, 2012

A good general introduction to psychodynamic counselling but most students will use other Sage publications which cover the subject in greater depth.

Mr Phil Thomas
Please select your department, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
October 4, 2011

Exactly what I want the students to use - a concise but effective summary of the approach.

Dr Neil MacFarlane
Counselling Studies, Eastleigh College
September 21, 2011

Ideal for all counselling students as the content achieves the rare balance of being basic and understandable yet at the same time being indepth enough to be appropriate for any level of course. The physical size allows it to be read on the bus or in the bath!

Ms Kirsten Amis
Please select your department, Please select your institution
August 10, 2011

this is an excellent book to overview psychodynamic theory.
it is practical as well as easily accessible to students in terms of linking to and with other counselling models

Mrs Deborah Regan
academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
May 20, 2011

Like the handiness of the pocket size, prefer larger text for easier use. Headings very useful, very straightforward text and could be used initially for all students from L3 upwards.

Mrs Deborah Hibbard
HEALTH AND PUBLIC SERVICES, North Nottinghamshire College
May 2, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1