Current Psychotherapy and Counselling

Current psychotherapy and counselling

Abstract

This chapter presents the current field of psychotherapy and counselling in the context of their historical development. The emphasis is on research-informed developments within or across the distinct theoretical approaches (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, humanistic and integrative). References for helpful resources are provided as well.

Psychotherapy is a healing activity that attempts to alleviate human suffering. It uses psychological means to influence psychopathological symptoms, problematic experiencing, behaviour, and personality characteristics as well as general functioning in life (see Kratochvíl, 2002). To start with, we will have a look at the current research-informed psychotherapy.

Theoretical Approaches to Psychotherapy and Counselling

Counselling and psychotherapy were traditionally developed within several major and distinct paradigms, though most recently there is probably a growing trend towards psychotherapy integration ...

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