Trainees in all mental health professions need basic knowledge of the key therapeutic approaches in counseling & psychotherapy. This is the essential companion, placing specific emphasis on practical application to guide the reader in the how to of conducting each therapeutic model.

Approaches covered include established models such as CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, systemic therapy and solution-focused brief therapy, and more recent additions to mainstream therapy like mindfulness and narrative therapy. Each chapter is written by an up-and-coming name in the field, offering a unique insight into the challenges and possibilities of training in each model. The book:

Includes case examples from a wide range of mental health care settings; Embedded with worksheets, sample questions and diagrams; Highlights challenges, strengths and weaknesses of each approach; Details the background and practical application of therapeutic models; Discusses evidence-based practice and outcomes

Written in language familiar to first-year trainees and using a range of features to enhance learning, this pocket guide is ideal for those embarking on training across counseling, psychotherapy, psychology, health, nursing, and social work.

Principles of Therapy

Principles of therapy
GraemeFlaherty-Jones and StephenWeatherhead

Within this introductory chapter we will discuss what the book is, how to use it and how it can appeal to therapists at different levels of professional training. Taking a look back through time we will show how the application of therapeutic models has changed over the years. We will also introduce the models of therapy included in the book, discuss reasons for their selection, and will highlight commonalities between these models. Finally, this chapter will discuss the importance of a good therapeutic relationship and consider how therapists can develop the skills required for therapy.

So many of us have bought books in the past that we hoped would somehow (perhaps via osmosis) provide us with the skills required to ‘do therapy’. Many books give a good grounding in ...

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