This pocket guide to modality approaches in counseling & psychotherapy is a one-stop-shop for trainees on introductory counseling courses. It describes 12 models of therapy, as well as introducing the origins of counseling and providing guidance and tips on practical issues like time-keeping, supervision, endings and boundaries. Each short approach-specific chapter has a consistent structure which allows easy comparison and cross-referencing between the modalities.
The chapters cover: Origins & background; Big names & big ideas; How the approach works & who it's for; Critical considerations; Identifying features; Reflection & summary; Learning ideas & suggested reading
This book is essential reading when choosing a professional counseling training in which to specialize, or if you just want an overview of other counseling modalities outside of your own.
Origins and Background
Carl Rogers (1923–1987) was an American psychologist, psychotherapist, educator and psychotherapeutic researcher who also formulated a theory of personality development. He made the bold and critical statement that psychoanalytical and behavioural schools of thought and therapy were diagnostic and directive, with practitioners presenting as powerful ‘experts’, which inhibited clients from personal growth and fulfilling their psychological potential. He was ostracised for a substantial amount of his career by a number of his orthodox peers.
Through his own practice experience, Rogers concluded that, generally, clients were capable of finding solutions for themselves but might benefit from a supportive facilitating practitioner, a helper rather than a directing authority figure. He maintained that given the right life conditions, people will thrive and grow in ...