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Integrating Counselling & Psychotherapy: Directionality, Synergy and Social Change
Cooper, Mick
Sage Publications / Softcover / 2019-04-01 / 1526440032
Counseling / Psychotherapy
price: $48.95
312 pages
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How can therapists integrate theories and practices from across the psychological therapies?

This book presents a framework for understanding distress and change that can unite different orientations, along with sociopolitical perspectives.

Its starting point is that therapy aims to help clients move towards the things they most deeply want. It shows how the actualisation of these ‘directions’ leads to greater well-being, and how this can be brought about through the development of internal and external synergies.

Using in-depth cases, the book provides detailed guidance on how this framework can be applied. After reading this book, you’ll feel better equipped to understand, and work with, your clients’ directions—tailoring the therapy to their unique wants.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction: Towards a Common Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Part I: A Common Framework for Counselling Psychotherapy and Social Change: Describing the elephant

Chapter 2: Directionality: Philosophical foundations

Chapter 3: A phase model of directionality: From fantasy to action

Chapter 4: Wellbeing and emotions: Life 'on track'

Chapter 5: Goal dimensions: What we strive for counts

Chapter 6: A structural model of directionality: What we really, really want

Chapter 7: Effectiveness: Better ways of getting where we want to be

Chapter 8: Synergies are good

Chapter 9: From intrapersonal to interpersonal levels of organisation: playing to win-win

Part II: Resources for an integrative practice: Putting the elephant back together

Chapter 10: Psychodynamic approaches within a directional framework: Change through awareness

Chapter 11: Humanistic approaches within a directional framework

Chapter 12: Existential approaches within a directional framework

Chapter 13: Cognitive-behavioural approaches within a directional framework

Part III: Directional practices: Riding the elephant

Chapter 14: Goal-oriented practices

Chapter 15: Working with directions in counselling and psychotherapy

Chapter 16: Developing interpersonal synergies

Chapter 17: Conclusion: Towards better

About the Author:

Mick Cooper is Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton, where he is Director of the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST). Mick is a chartered psychologist, a UKCP registered psychotherapist, and a Fellow of the BACP. Mick is author and editor of a range of texts on person-centred, existential and relational approaches to therapy; including Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2005, SAGE, with Dave Mearns), Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (2011, SAGE, with John McLeod) and Existential Therapies (2nd edn, 2017, SAGE). Mick has led a series of research studies exploring the processes and outcomes of humanistic counsel­ling with young people. Mick is the father of four children and lives in Brighton on the south coast of England.

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