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Diagnosis and Beyond: Counselling Psychology Contributions to Understanding Human Distress [Paperback]

Martin Milton

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1 May 2012 1906254370 978-1906254377 1st
Human distress is sometimes thought of as 'psychopathology', a thing separate to the person, that affects people; a thing that can be diagnosed, treated and hopefully cured. This mindset leads psychiatrists, psychologists and other therapists to develop 'evidence bases' for specific 'disorders' and manualised forms of 'treatment'. While there are advantages to this way of seeing distress, it is clearly only one framework and sometimes leaves the client feeling depersonalised and unheard. It is also a view that has been critiqued and criticised by service users and professionals alike. Diagnosis and Beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to understanding human distress explores forms of distress such as depression, anxiety, phobias and personality disorder going beyond what can sometimes appear as meaningless and horribly painful experiences to describe the meanings that can be embedded within these difficulties. The book also considers ways in which therapists and clients can create meaning, hope and possibility through robust, relational therapeutic processes. By recognising the universality of human distress, the contributors also discuss the ways in which their own experiences and feelings are a legitimate, and central, part of the therapeutic process.

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'Working with the person beyond their diagnosis is an essential skill for all psychological therapists. This critical exploration of diagnosis and its alternatives makes a valuable and refreshing contribution to our field: helping us to deepen our capacity to relate to our clients as the diverse, meaning-orientated and intelligible human beings that they are.' --Professor Mick Cooper, University of Strathclyde

- thoughtful attempts by counselling psychologists in practice to go beyond diagnosis and instead to engage with clients in a manner which is respectful of the urgency and yet also of the complexity of their distress. --Dr Bill Farrell,Research Fellow, Auckland University of Technology

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Dr Martin Milton is a chartered psychologist and registered psychotherapist working in independent practice and in the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey. He is editor of Therapy and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to therapeutic and social issues and has published in a range of academic journals. Martin is on the editorial board of Ecopsychology, Counselling Psychology Review and Psychology of Sexualities Review.

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