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.

Counselling Clients with Mental Health Problems

Counselling clients with mental health problems

Abstract: This chapter on mental health is for those counsellors who require further knowledge about mental health issues which they might encounter, in order to serve this particular client group and ensure effective help. An exposition is made of various mental states with recommendations of when counselling is suitable or contraindicated.

Aldridge and Pollard (2005) recently identified that 41 per cent of psychotherapists, 38 per cent of therapists and 18 per cent of counsellors, stated that they work with clients with psychiatric disorders. Our impression is that issues of mental health and illness can create some problems. It is also our impression, wrongly or rightly, that mental health issues are not addressed in depth on ...

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