Challenging Blank Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling: A Revised Edition is a hugely pragmatic text that draws on humour and experience to explore and help to demystify some of the issues and dilemmas that counsellors find themselves in today. Offering diverse approaches and skills to help practitioners and trainees see through the 'challenging' or 'sticky' moments in conventional therapeutic practice, Janice Russell and Graham Dexter offer practical advice for moving forward. Topics are presented in terms of an argument: key concerns, the underlying assumptions and beliefs about the topic; exploration of possible counsellor responses (relating potential interventions to the assumptions and beliefs of the counsellor); and concluding with general guidelines for professional and ethical practice. Well referenced and researched, this revised edition updates the discourse on many current themes with new sections including: " negative consequences of counselling " issues of mental health and illness " professional issues " warnings for practitioners to heed " challenges to concepts of selfhood Challenging Blank Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling: A Revised Edition addresses the skills and issues associated with all levels of counselling, enabling practitioners to reflect on their profession, with the ultimate goal of best possible practice. The text is down to earth, solidly grounded in theory, rich in practical skills and represents an engaging upper level text for trainees on a variety of courses as well as professionals.
Chapter 3: Me and You, You and Me: Interpersonal Issues
Me and You, You and Me: Interpersonal Issues
Abstract: We overview the issues and principles inherent in the interpersonal dynamic between counsellor and client. We look at issues of intimacy, sexuality, friendship and culture. We suggest that although interpersonal relationships might defy absolute definition and regulation, within the therapeutic professions, it is encumbent on the practitioner to work with intentionality and awareness of the issues which might affect their work on an interpersonal level.
The concern of this chapter is to explore some of the issues and thinking around interpersonal relationships in counselling. We know that it is difficult to define or code exactly what goes on between people, or what exactly constitutes an ‘interpersonal relationship’. Within counselling, it ...