Theories and Applications of Counseling and Psychotherapy provides students with the foundational knowledge needed to implement various therapeutic approaches in individual and family counseling. The dynamic author team presents theories through a multicultural and social justice-oriented lens, including evidence to support each theory. Students will embrace chapter concepts through vibrant illustrations and relevant examples from movies, TV shows, photographs, paintings, musical lyrics, news articles, and other sources presented throughout.

Reality Therapy and Choice Theory

Reality Therapy and Choice Theory

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Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, each student should be able to:

  • Describe the therapeutic process of reality therapy/choice theory, including goal of therapy, therapist’s role, client’s role, and process of change.
  • Discuss the 10 axioms of choice theory.
  • Explain why William Glasser’s approach is controversial in terms of his views concerning mental health and pharmaceutical treatments.
  • Evaluate William Glasser’s approach in relation to multicultural, social justice, and ethical implications, identifying where challenges may arise in the course of therapy.
  • Defend William Glasser’s theoretical approach.
  • Summarize the historical context of reality therapy/choice theory.
  • Evaluate William Glasser’s contributions.


Reality therapy and choice theory represent a model of therapy that operates from a cognitive and behavioral base that is grounded in the present not the ...

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