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Are you interested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy or just starting out in your training? Trying to get to grips with the many different approaches and decide which are right for you? This book can help! An ideal introductory text that assumes no prior knowledge, leading authors in the field provide overviews of 26 counselling and psychotherapy approaches in accessible, jargon-free terms. Each approach is discussed using the same framework to enable easy comparison and evaluation, covering: • Development of the Therapy • Theory and Basic Concepts • Practice • Which Clients Benefit Most? • Case study Four further chapters offer an insight into the therapeutic relationship, working with diversity, professional issues, and research, while resources such as suggested reading, discussion issues, appendices of further information and a ...

Narrative Therapy
Narrative Therapy
Anja BjorøyStephen MadiganDavid Nylund
Introduction

Narrative therapy is an ideological turning away from prevailing psychological, psychiatric, systemic and all other theoretical and mental health practice views informed by individualism. Instead, narrative therapy practice turns towards specific post-structural theories that support a person’s identity as discursively created and thereby ever-changing and relational. Narrative therapy practice ideas are situated within the disciplines of cultural anthropology, feminism, post-colonialism, anti-oppression, social justice, literary theory and queer studies (to name just a few of the disciplines). Another primary influence that informs the practice is influenced by the leading voices of French post-structural philosophy (circa 1965 to the present).

From the beginning, a central post-structural tenet of narrative therapy was the idea that we, as persons, are ‘multi-storied’. Simply stated, ...

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