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Captivating format & authentic learning
on 12 August 2013
The format of the book - a series of comics about couple therapy - is very refreshing and captivating. It pulls the reader right into the counseling room and provides a lively insight into both the clients and the counselors perspective and their respective challenges. It creates empathy for all parties without being judgmental over any of their stories.
This book might be of special interest to counselors at an early stage of their career in that it addresses therapy issues in a very sensitive and human way by openly discussing fears of taking wrong decisions. The authors clearly demonstrates that therapy is not an exact sciences and that there always are a number of possible approaches to a given situation.
The author's comments below the conversations as well as the reflections at the end of each story help the reader understand the counselor's train of thoughts and her counselling strategy. Even though the book contains fairly little text, a large amount of learning can be drawn from this reflective story telling format - especially as the three stories cover very divers issues of couple therapy and point out different techniques and approaches to dealing with those issues. Thereby, the authors creates a number of links to different theoretical approaches such as transactional analysis and system therapy - and demonstrates how counseling may creatively combine a number of tools and perspectives from different theoretical approaches.
The book also provides helpful advice to potentially any couple whether in short- or long-term relationships and can initiate helpful reflections.