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.

Tight Lips, Heavy Hearts: Articulating without Words

Tight lips, heavy hearts: Articulating without words

Abstract: This chapter looks at how and when we might communicate using alternatives to spoken language, which might be the case at particular stages or in particular situations, or when the client is not practised in talking about themselves or their feelings.

What happens if the client isn't very articulate, as in is not used to voicing their personal world? Counselling should not be a precious activity, only accessible for those who can articulate emotions. Counselling relies on the skills of communication: if the client is not an ‘orthodox’ communicator, the challenge is for the counsellor to find a way of building rapport and understanding.

This may be at the level of speaking plainly. ...

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