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.
At the End…
My Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling laid a firm foundation for my professional work in this field. The memory of the course and my early years as a practitioner are as clear as ever, and I empathise with those undertaking training and establishing themselves in counselling and psychotherapy.
After graduation I still had much to reflect on in terms of both my professional and personal development, plus uncertainties and questions about aspects of practice. As I settled into the profession, then related roles, I found these uncertainties and questions in colleagues, students and supervisees too. In this chapter I share some of these topics in case they are of any interest or use to you as students or qualified practitioners.