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Emotional Well-being and Mental Health

Emotional Well-being and Mental Health
A Guide for Counsellors & Psychotherapists

September 2014 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Well-being is an important topic for many different professions. From health professionals to politicians, a number of fields seek to research, understand and promote wellbeing. As a concept at the heart of psychotherapeutic practice, it is essential that trainee and practising therapists understand the distinctive contribution to our understanding of well-being that each of these professions have made.

In this unique text, author Digby Tantam explores the philosophical, political, economical, psychological, medical and spiritual perspectives on well-being through a psychotherapeutic lens, explaining current research data and summarising findings. Theoretical approaches are balanced with an insight into their practical applications, showing therapists how each approach can inform their practice and make a real difference to the life satisfaction and health of their clients.

Mapping the Territory: The Philosopher’s Viewpoint
The Economist’s Viewpoint: How Happy and Healthy is your Country
The Psychologist’s Viewpoint: How Happy are you?
The Health Worker’s Viewpoint
The Politician’s Viewpoint
The Extrovert’s Viewpoint
The Spiritual Viewpoint
The Psychotherapist’s Viewpoint
No Viewpoint
Applied Wellbeing

Emotional Well-being and Mental Health :  a thought provoking discussion of the concepts of  health, happiness and wellbeing and  their interconnected meanings.   Digby  presents a fascinating  appraisal of these subjective  and highly  contested terms  from different theoretical perspectives,  showing  how each discipline has attempted to understand and explain their relevance to the human experience. 



Dr Robin Gutteridge
Consultant in Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton

The book is a wide ranging, complex and erudite examination of the elements that make up emotional wellbeing – a condition that Tantam considers must integrate both health and happiness. The book summarises the findings of philosophers, health economists and health workers, positive psychologists,politicians, faith leaders and psychotherapists, enabling us to compare and contrast what they consider to be emotional wellbeing.

Val Simanowitz, Counsellor and Supervisor
Therapy Today

This book draws on a wide range of perspectives to provide a comprehensive and illuminating discussion relating to the concepts and experience of happiness, emotional wellbeing and mental health... The author provides some thought provoking and engaging insights and the breadth of knowledge he brings to his discussion is impressive. 

Sharon Kirby, Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Private Practice

The book speaks to current issues in mental health from diverse perspectives. The language is simply.

Dr Oluyinka Ojedokun
Pure & Applied Psychology, Adekunle Ajasin University
October 2, 2019

This book provides a thorough insight into different theoretical perspectives of well-being and is also inclusive of relevant research data. Although it is a guide for counsellors and psychotherapists it would also be relevant to other professionals.

Ms Victoria Louise Booth
H.E Care, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
November 15, 2015

support module text / background reading

Mr Hywel Thomas
College Of Human And Health Science, Swansea University
November 3, 2015

A good piece of literature to use in the study of psychotherapy and counselling.
Good reference material well laid out in an easy clear and concise manner.
Well recommended

Miss Sarah Karin Bishop
Care , Health & Education, University of The West of England
October 12, 2015

This book can be used for students completing a childhood studies degree and also a mental health degree.

Mrs Yolande Leech
Dept of Early Years, Accrington & Rossendale College
October 6, 2015

Whilst I would use this as a supplementary text, this book offered an interesting insight into the topic- as a guide there was transferable information to other professions.

Mr Marcelle Dos Santos
Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University
July 7, 2015

This book was more geared towards the health profession and could not be used for counselors within a classroom / school environment. I was expecting practical strategies that could be used to support pastoral guidance counselors in delivering expert care. This did give a good overview of emotional well being.

Mrs Donna Dey
School of Education, Social Work &, Dundee University
June 9, 2015

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