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Counselling and Therapy Techniques
Meier, Augustine and Micheline Boivin
Sage Publications / Softcover / 2010-11-01 / 1847879586
Counseling / Psychotherapy
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192 pages
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This is the first book on counseling skills to look in detail at the practical interventions and tools used to establish the therapeutic relationship. Step-by-step, the text teaches the reader exactly how to use these skills with clients to address their concerns and achieve therapeutic change.

Integrative and pluralistic in approach, the text covers the key techniques from all the major therapeutic models, placing them in their historical and theoretical contexts. Techniques covered include empathic responding, experiential focusing, Gestalt, metaphors, task-directed imagery, ego state therapy, solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and self-in-relationship therapy.

Key Features

• Presents each technique from the perspective of its underlying theory
• Gives practical instruction on how to deliver each intervention
• Provides extracts from counseling sessions to demonstrate the technique in action

This book is crucial reading for all trainees on counseling and psychotherapy courses or preparing to use counseling techniques in a range of other professional settings. It is also helpful for professionals who wish to acquire additional skills.


Theoretical Bridges and the Psychotherapy Process
Epistemological Foundations
Psychotherapeutic Content - Client Experiences
Encoding Experiences
Psychic Organisations and Processes
Target of Change: Behaviour or Reworking and Rebuilding Psychic Organizations
Phases of the Change Process and Techniques
Techniques and the Therapeutic Relationship
Therapist - Client Collaboration
Discriminate Use of a Technique
Ethical Considerations and the Use of Techniques

Empathic Responses
Empathy: Origin and Definitions
Theoretical Aspects
Measuring Accurate Empathy
The Technique of Empathic Responding
Guidelines for Formulating and Communicating Empathic Responses
Common Problems and Empathic Inhibitors
Illustration: Tania

The Experiential Focusing Technique
Theoretical Aspects
The Practice of Experiential Focusing
Illustration: Simone

The Gestalt Empty-Chair and Two-Chair Techniques
Part 1: Personality Organization and Processes
Primary Motivating Factor
Contact and Contact Boundary
Stages of Personality Development
Subsystems of Personality
Processes of Personality Development
Organismic Self-Regulation
Boundary Disturbances
Therapeutic Goals, Role of Therapist and Techniques
Part 2: The Gestalt Empty-Chair Technique
Unfinished Business
The Gestalt Empty-Chair Technique in Action
Illustration: Robert
Part 3: The Gestalt Two-Chair Technique
Theoretical Aspects
Procedures Using the Gestalt Two-Chair Technique
Illustration: Rick

The Use of Metaphors in Therapy
Metaphor: Definition, Structure, and Power
Client-Generated Metaphors
Types of Client-Generated Metaphors
Techniques to Unravel Metaphors
Eliciting and Exploring Client-Generated Metaphors
Pitfalls in Using Metaphors
Ethical Considerations
Illustration: Karen

Task-Directed Imagery
Imagery in Context
Task-Directed Imagery
Illustration: Maylyn
Ego-State Therapy
Ego States: Major Concepts, Development, and Activation
The Practice of Ego-State Therapy
Illustration: Sonja

Solution-Focused Therapy
Theoretical Aspects
The Practice of Solution-Focused Therapy
Procedures for Doing Solution-Focused Therapy
Illustration: Colleen

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
Part 1: Theoretical Aspects
Theory of Personality
Theory of Psychopathology
Part 2: Psychotherapy Procedures and Techniques
Goal of Therapy
Fundamental Clinical Processes
Psychotherapeutic Techniques
Part 3: Working with Automatic Thoughts
Illustration: Sébastien
Part 4: Working with Schemas
Classification of Schemas
Schema Processes
Illustration: Sébastien

Narrative Therapy
Theoretical Influences
Theoretical Aspects
The Practice of Narrative Therapy
Method in Working with Narratives
Ethical Considerations
Illustration: Sonja

Self-in-Relationship Psychotherapy
Major Concepts and Processes
Therapeutic Process
Illustration: Sofía


'This original and sophisticated book provides advanced students with a focused introduction to the main schools of counselling, offering detailed, accurate and highly specific information about each counselling technique. Ideal reading for postgraduate psychology students, counselling psychology trainees or trainee counsellors, I would recommend this book for my students.' - Dr Fiona Starr, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Principal Lecturer, School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University

'This book is a pleasure to read. Written in an easy-to-follow format the contents provide the reader with not only the theory of each technique but more importantly the ways in which it can be used. Therapists will find this a useful addition to their bookshelves and to their therapeutic work in general. As someone who taught on Diploma and Masters programmes in Counselling, this book will also be of considerable use to trainee therapists and tutors alike.' - Gladeana McMahon, Co-Director, Centre for Stress Management and Chair of the Association for Coaching UK

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