Thursday, 25 March 2010

Counselling in a Nutshell Series








"What is counselling and how does it work? Counselling in a Nutshell provides the answers to these questions and more, as part of a step-by-step guide to the counselling relationship and the therapeutic process. Focusing on the commonalities within the main theoretical approaches - psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive-behavioural - Windy Dryden describes a framework which underpins all counselling, irrespective of the approach being used.
Key features of the framework include: bonds between counsellor and client, goals and tasks of counselling,stages of the therapeutic process and core therapeutic conditions. Counselling in a Nutshell provides a concise introduction to core components of the therapeutic relationship and process and is suitable for counsellors of all orientations."






"Therapy Today Person-Centred Counselling in a Nutshell provides a short, accessible guide to one of the most popular approaches to counselling. Based on the ideas of Carl Rogers, the approach's main premise is that clients knows themselves better than anyone else.It is the job of the person-centred practitioner to enable the client to discover and utilise their inner resources in order to change and grow. Using examples drawn from practice, Roger Casemore outlines the main principles of the person-centred approach including the core therapeutic conditions: congruence, unconditional positive regard, and empathy. Person-Centred Counselling in a Nutshell is ideal first reading for all who are new to learning about counselling. "






"Therapy Today Cognitive therapy is one of the most widely used approaches within counselling and psychotherapy today. As such, there is a wealth of literature on offer to the newcomer, which can sometimes be overwhelming for those seeking an initial understanding of the approach. Cognitive Therapy in a Nutshell solves this problem by providing the key elements of cognitive therapy theory and practice in a very concise and accessible way.
Cognitive therapy teaches clients that there is always more than one way of seeing events, and therefore that their viewpoint is largely a matter of choice. Helping clients to develop and maintain more helpful viewpoints in tackling their problems is the focus of the therapy. Cognitive Therapy in a Nutshell offers clear explanations of the fundamental models used to treat clients including the information-processing model, and the three cognitive levels examined during therapy - automatic thoughts, underlying assumptions/rules, and core beliefs (schemas). The authors also provide a valuable case study of a client with a social phobia to demonstrate how cognitive therapy works in action. Cognitive Therapy in a Nutshell also explores the techniques involved in: eliciting and examining negative automatic thoughts; uncovering and examining underlying assumptions, rules and core beliefs; maintaining gains from therapy."






"Therapy Today 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: o the history of the approach; o key concepts; and o 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. "









"Therapy Today Students embarking on Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) training are often faced with lengthy and complicated texts from which to learn the theory and practice of the approach. Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in a Nutshell provides a relief from this by providing a concise and comprehensive guide to all the key elements of REBT.

The authors believe that students of REBT can enhance their knowledge of the approach only if they have fully grasped the basics first. They offer a succinct introduction to REBT which students can use as a starting point before adding to their knowledge through further reading and learning. The book opens with an explanation of the ABCDE Model of Emotional Disturbance and Change which is the centrepiece of REBT theory and practice.The authors present the model in a way which is easy to grasp, but also has the depth of coverage needed for full understanding. Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in a Nutshell provides coverage of other fundamental areas including: assessment; disputing; homework; working through; promoting self-change. This book will be invaluable to those embarking on REBT training who want a concise, clear and informed introduction to the approach."

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