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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 3 edition (1 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335211895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335211890
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If you are considering a career in counseling or using counseling, or would like to know about contemporary debates within the profession then this book is ideal. ...an excellent and up-to-date coverage of post modern and critical trends." - Emma Jacobs (Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy 2003-02-07)

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John McLeod is Professor of Counselling at the University of Abertay Dundee, having previously taught at Keele University and Wolverhampton University. He has practised in a range of counselling settings, as well as being involved in training, research and consultancy with many occupational groups, including nurses, social workers and emergency services personnel. The author of six books and more than fifty articles and chapters on various aspects of counselling and psychotherapy, he is currently editor of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By alisonmcneice6@hotmail.com on 31 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
Through my years of study at Certificate and then Diploma level in counselling, this book was my steadfast companion - even though it was not on the college's reading list! A thorough, easy-to-read, and enjoyable book which gently guides you through the various theories and theorists. I recommend it to those studying in this field.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on 10 Nov. 2003
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Starting out I wanted an easy to read, theoretical, yet pragmatic introduction to counselling. McLeod's book was it. It wasn't a recommended book, but it provided me with a professional insight into the concepts taught on my course in easy to understand, and interesting language. The set questions at the end of each chapter were most welcome, and supplemented the course content brilliantly.
It is a hefty tome, but definitely well worth the outlay for the student counsellor and the interested researcher alike. As a complete beginner, I needed something clear, something that would provide a basic understanding of the approaches and issues involved in counselling. I couldn't have picked a better companion.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Oct. 2000
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Anyone with an interest in Counselling needs this book on their shelf and to dip into it regularly.McLeod has produced a book that is written in a warm friendly style,it demonstrates a great deal of good sense. It goes much further than the title would suggest. All the major theories are explainly clearly and I particularly liked his case studies in boxes.This book invites the reader to actively consider the issues rather than passively accepting the authors opinion, it never preaches. I have found that it complements the excellent Gerald Corey's 'Theory and Practice of Counseling And Psychotherapy',giving a perspective from this side of the Atlantic that is refreshing and welcome.Beg,borrow or steal (or preferably buy) this book,it's worth it's weight in gold.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. M. Fraser on 14 Sept. 2006
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Being someone about to embark on a journey into Counselling starting my Diploma studies later this month I have been reading all the recommended books on my list. John Mcleod's book was the last to be read primarily because it was the thickest.

I certainly saved the best to last. In terms of writing the dispassionate approach to the topic enables the reader to review the many strands in Counselling and Psychotherapy that daunts the beginning student. What I most admire is his ability to put into simple words and phrases quite complex subjects. Clear evidence that this guy really understands his topic

The reason I am interested in Counselling is because I work as a Business Mentor and I can see clearly from this book the relationship between these two disciplines. The good thing is that a number of common issues came out that have faced me as a mentor and this book has helped me address those.

As an ex OU student (in Maths BTW) I appreciated the OU style of Introduction and Objectives, Core Material, Summary and Further activity and reading. Anyone at all interested in Counselling must read this book.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Hough on 25 May 2001
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This is a good book to buy if you want the very specific and technical background behind counselling. I wouldn't say it is the best if you actually want to have a sort of "How to..." guide, but it IS interesting and includes case studies. It does include issues surrounding counselling, and is a good read for anyone thinking of going into the proffession, or students of psychology. However, if you want a book to tell you how to do counselling then I would go elsewhere.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Sept. 2002
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This book offers a very comprehensive guide to the different scools giving rise to different councelling techniques, how they developed and when, in particular, when they were most popular.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Vanda L. Rorbach on 4 Feb. 2009
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I was not originally going to buy this book because i thought it was a little to expensive but i am glad i eventually gave in and got it because even though the library has it in if you are anything like me you like to make reference notes so need the book on hand a lot.

I would recommend anyone doing a counselling course to invest in this book it is well worth the money.
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By Christine Wilson on 5 Mar. 2015
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This is a great book, I've borrowed it time and time again from the library and thought it was about time I bought it. As a person centred counselling student I have found it helpful and easy to read.
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