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Palgrave Macmillan

Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy

An Introduction to the Different Approaches

Edition 2nd edition
ISBN 9780230576377
Publication Date April 2010
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This authoritative overview of the main approaches to counselling and psychotherapy offers a uniquely concise and systematic framework for understanding and comparing different models of working.
Bringing together the philosophical and practical elements of a wide range of psychological therapies, Stephen Joseph examines the assumptions and values that unerpin different understandings of mental distress and the various approaches to psychological assessment and treatment. He sets his discussion in the context of the contemporary drive towards evidence-based practice.
In particular, he:

  • shows how the psychological therapies are affected by philosophy and theory
  • brings together psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic ideas in one clear and easily navigable structure
  • features well-chosen case studies that are revisited in each theoretical model
  • includes handy summary charts, new 'topics for reflection', and a full glossary.


STEPHEN JOSEPH is Professor of Psychology, Health and Social Care at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he is co-director of the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth, and an Honorary Consultant Psychologist in Psychotherapy in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. He is a senior practitioner member of the British Psychological Society's Register of Psychologists specialising in Psychotherapy.

List of Figures and Tables
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Biomedical and Medical Approaches
Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Approaches
Behavioural and Cognitive Approaches
Humanistic and Transpersonal Approaches
Social and Cultural Approaches
New Developments: Evidence-Based Practice, Eclectic and Integrated Approaches


Praise for the first edition:
'What a find this book is! For me, certainly, but also for any student, practitioner, teacher, or researcher in the field...perhaps even for the thoughtful consumer, or indeed any onlooker interested in the state of the art today.' - Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
'It fills a real gap for all who would like a straightforward introduction to the different models of psychopathology regardless of whether they adopt a psychodynamic, humanistic or cognitive behavioural approach...Clearly and accessibly written, with case examples that bring the theory to life, this is a highly recommended book.' - Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
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