Contracts in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Second Edition is a practical guide to an essential area of professional knowledge and skills. It provides a unique and informative guide to the nature of counseling contracts, why they are needed and how they are made. For the Second Edition, the book has been thoroughly updated to take account of the BACP ethical framework. New chapters have been added covering legal aspects and making contracts with trainees.

Introduction: The Therapy Contract – A Mutual Commitment

Introduction: The therapy contract – A mutual commitment

A contract is an agreement made between two or more people concerning the type of activity or relationship they will have with each other. In counselling and psychotherapy, it is the agreement between practitioner and client about their work together; the mutual undertaking to enter into a therapeutic relationship. This book is concerned with the wide variety of contracts and contexts which are involved in the therapeutic process – from the initial contact and agreement for a first session, to the subtle negotiation of an ongoing and evolving counselling commitment.

Many therapists feel uncomfortable about using the word ‘contract’ in relation to their work, believing that it sounds overly constricting and ...

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