'This book provides an excellent overview of the primary theoretical approaches to counselling and psychotherapy as practised in the United Kingdom. Covering history, theory, primary client set and strengths and weaknesses for each of thirteen different approaches, the book makes an excellent starting point for exploring different schools of thought in more detail' - CounsellingResource.com
The Handbook of Individual Therapy, Fourth Edition is a major new edition of the highly successful textbook which has become a classic for trainees in counselling and psychotherapy. Revised and updated throughout, the book presents a comprehensive overview of the key approaches to individual therapy practice, including a new chapter on Cognitive Analytic Therapy.
Written by those at the forefront of counselling and psychotherapy - each a leading exponent of the particular form of therapy they discuss - the book introduces the principles and methods of individual therapy concisely and accessibly. Following a clearly defined structure, each chapter outlines one approach in detail providing case examples to illustrate how that approach works in practice.
Each form of therapy is described in terms of:
- its historical context
- the main theoretical assumptions
- the mode of practice
- which clients will benefit most
- the general strengths and limitations of the approach.
Further chapters place counselling and psychotherapy in its social context, explore training and supervision and relate research to individual therapy practice.
The Handbook of Individual Therapy is designed for those in training in counselling, psychotherapy and other helping professions such as nursing, social work and education. It will be invaluable for novice therapists looking for an overall picture of individual therapy practice, and also experienced therapists interested in learning about alternative approaches.