Key Issues for Counselling in Action (Counselling in Action series)

Key Issues for Counselling in Action (Counselling in Action series)

by Andrew Reeves (Author), Andrew Reeves (Author), Windy Dryden (Author)


SAGE celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Counselling in Action in November 2008. Effective counselling is based on a strong working relationship between counsellor and client. Building and maintaining this therapeutic alliance, demands both skill and an ability to negotiate challenges which arise during the counselling process. "Key Issues for Counselling in Action" prepares new practitioners for face-to-face work with clients by looking at what is required at each stage of the process and examining issues which practitioners most frequently need to deal with along the way. The topics covered are relevant to all counsellors, regardless of theoretical orientation. This book explores the everyday issues counsellors face when: getting started; making an assessment; working at relational depth; setting goals; and, ending the relationship. Advice is also given on more difficult challenges, such as dealing with: reluctant clients; stuckness; client dependency; and, unplanned endings. "Key Issues for Counselling in Action" is a bestselling text which has been used to train many thousands of counsellors as well as supporting their continuing professional development. This second edition has been completely re-written and includes new material on the use of touch, self-care, culture and counselling evaluation. Windy Dryden is Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies, Professional and Community Education (PACE) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Andrew Reeves is a University Counsellor at the University of Liverpool Counselling Service and Editor of the journal, Counselling & Psychotherapy Research.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Edition: Second
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Published: 17 Sep 2008

ISBN 10: 1412946999
ISBN 13: 9781412946995

Media Reviews

This is a wonderful book for the new and trainee counsellor and should be on every courses' book list. It covers a wide area and with the different authors' voices speaking it has a varied tone.

-- Sue Nyirenda
`This new edition meets the challenges of counselling today and brings alive issues that have arisen in the last twenty years, adding up to an important new text for inclusion in counsellor training' - Colin Feltham, Course Leader in Counselling & Psycholtherapy, Sheffield Hallam University -- UK Reviewsall
Author Bio
Windy Dryden is one of the leading practitioners and trainers in the UK in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tradition of psychotherapy. He is best known for his work in Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RECBT), a leading CBT approach. He has been working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy since 1975 and was one of the first people in Britain to be trained in CBT. He has published over 200 books and has trained therapists all over the world, in as diverse places as the UK, the USA, South Africa, Turkey and Israel. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Dr Andrew Reeves has worked as a counsellor and supervisor in various settings for over twenty years. Originally qualified as a social worker, he specialised in child protection and adult mental health before moving to working full-time as a counsellor at the University of Liverpool. Following the death by suicide of one of his clients early in his career, he undertook extensive research into ways in which counsellors and psychotherapists work with suicidal clients and he has written extensively about this since. His recent book with SAGE, Counselling Suicidal Clients (2010), has quickly become a popular title, as has Key Issues for Counselling in Action (second edition), which he co-edited with Professor Windy Dryden. His award-winning training DVD, Tight Ropes and Safety Nets: Counselling Suicidal Clients (with Jon Shears and Sue Wheeler) is now being used by many therapy training programmes throughout the UK. His new book, An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: From Theory to Practice (2013) has several aims: to help provide prospective students of counselling and psychotherapy with information to support their training decisions; to help integrate theory into their early steps in working with clients on a practice placement; and to help bridge the move from qualification into practice as a therapist. He has other new projects in the pipeline, including editing the new series Essential Issues for Counselling and Psychotherapy, in which he will be writing the new title Working with Risk in Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as working with Windy Dryden on the sixth edition of the bestselling SAGE text, The Handbook of Individual Therapy.