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Psychodynamic Counselling in Action (Counselling in Action series)

Psychodynamic Counselling in Action (Counselling in Action series) [Kindle Edition]

Mr Michael Jacobs
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`provides a reliable and sensitive guide through this complex field, and is written with great clarity... accessible and self-evidently useful... Jacobs' book encouraged me to ponder cases of my own... outstanding' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`a clear and coherent account... This is one of a very small number of books that manage to describe simply but not simplistically what analytic work involves' - British Journal of Medical Psychology

`a well-written book, clearly organised, and has the facility of making very understandable and workable what are difficult and profound concepts... brilliant, enlightening, practical... tantalising, I wanted more... a gem of a book... This is one of the best books I have read in explaining what psychodynamic counselling is all about... Jacobs shows an ability to dissect difficult concepts and put them in understandable terms. Explanations are never patronising... This is a definite for counsellors of any persuasion. There is lots to be learned by all. It goes immediately on to my recommended books list for students at all stages of learning about counselling' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

`Lovers of Dickens will be intrigued by the clever use of Little Nell and Dr Manette as case histories characters' - The Samaritan

`I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is easy to read and gives a useful and simple explanation of psychodynamic terms. Its explanation of counselling terms and techniques is concise and thorough. I found the very clear explanation of the interface between psychodynamic therapy and counselling well organized and well written in a clear and sensitive way. I particulary liked the explanation of the term `worked through': this term is commonly used but very rarely explained in most books. This is a very complex field and I admire Jacobs' practical way of dealing with the subject. I recommend the book both to students of the psychodynamic approach and students of counselling; it covers both fields in a practical sense but retains the ability to stimulate deeper thought for the practitioner and workers in associated fields' - British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Review

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Psychodynamic Counselling in Action is widely regarded as the most accessible introduction to the psychodynamic approach, making it ideal for readers who are new to the subject.

In this fourth edition of his bestselling book, Michael Jacobs describes the psychodynamic counselling process from initial meeting right through to the end of the relationship. He sets out the main theory and principles involved in psychodynamic work and - through two case studies - a man and a woman - shows how these can be applied creatively and effectively within the process.

In this new, updated edition, each chapter of the book now includes a set of thought-provoking training exercises, designed by Michael to help readers develop their psychodynamic counselling skills, to promote discussion of each stage of the counselling process, and to translate psychodynamic theory into practice.

Psychodynamic Counselling in Action has been instrumental in training many thousands of counsellors and continues to be the essential text for a wide range of courses.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Fourth Edition edition (30 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Michael Jacobs was for many years Director of the counselling and psychotherapy courses in the Department of Adult Education, University of Leicester. In developing those courses he published a number of key texts which are used in other training courses - notably The Presenting Past (Open University Press, 2006, 3rd edition) and Psychodynamic Counselling in Action (Sage, 2010 4th edition). He has also written a number of other books (Sigmund Freud and D.W Winnicott in the Sage series) and edited three series for Open University Press - such as Core Concepts in Therapy. More recently he has written two books in the UKCP/Karnac series, Shakespeare on the Couch, and Our Desire of Unrest.

Nowadays Michael has a small private practice and has largely decided he has written enough!! He is however a visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and Bournemouth University, and he does a small amount of teaching, runs workshops, and works with a number of enterprises related to counselling and psychotherapy. He has also embarked on a Ph.D with the Open University researching psychoanalytic interpretations of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. But he also enjoys the more ordinary world of his home town of Swanage, Dorset, where he is Deputy Station Manager of the local Coastwatch station, and a trustee of a couple of charities, as well as company secretary of Swanage Pier. He teaches a course annually called Film on the Couch, which has a small dedicated following.

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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear analysis of the psychodynamic method 18 Aug 2000
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This book, one of a series covering different types of counselling, is an excellent introduction to the processes involved in the psychodynamic method. Jacobs takes us from the initial meeting with a client through to the final session. The first encounter is crucial as clues may emerge that allow the counsellor to assess the suitability of the psychodynamic approach for a particular individual. He addresses the middle phase of counselling and takes an in-depth look at the relationship between the counsellor and the client. This is an extremely useful and accessible read in which the author clearly explains the counselling jargon such as 'resistance' and 'transference'. The book should enlighten anyone interested in psychodynamic counselling, whether as a practitioner or a prospective client.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Michael Jacobs writes fluidly and in an easy-to-read style. This book is essential for all individuals within the field of counselling, students and also for the interested lay-person. It provides a comprehensive overview of this unique style of counselling and provides plenty of detail and case examples to hold your attention throughout the book.
It deals in a practical way with each stage of the psychodynamic counselling process (beginnings, middles and endings) and other issues raised within this unique relationship (boundaries, defences, resistance & transference). A great addition to this well-respected series
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychodynamic Counselling in Action 8 Dec 2009
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I found this book to be a pretty good introduction to the ideas around psychodynamic counselling.

In general I thought that it was fairly easy to read and made more interesting by Micheal Jacobs using two real life case-studies throughout the book to explain different psychodynamic concepts.

Although I did find the section around defences and resistance a little hard going, and perhaps not as clearly explained as other parts of the book. I would still recommend this book for those who are interested in the ideas around psychodynamic counselling/therapy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book on Psychodynamic Approach 15 April 2011
By Pandora
5 stars!!!

Really worth spending the time reading this book which is friendly-reading, easy to understand and gives us lots of good insights on Psychodynamic Approach.
To be honest, the whole book is good, there isn't a single page of it we can say is boring or tiring. It is worth having the book on the self for future reference and re-reading.
The book is highly recommended to beginners or anyone who wants to get new insights in counselling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good BUy 11 Mar 2014
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For anyone stepping out into the realm of Psychodynamic Counselling I found this a good read with easy to understand language and good exmaples to illustrate his points.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative 16 Feb 2014
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This is a clear presentation of what the psychodynamic approach entails. Recommended to both counselling students and clients alike. Informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like it 3 Feb 2014
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This is an older version. The newer version is similar and more information. Which I should bought and I will buy. Thank you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book presents the reader with two case studies of people who have sought counselling, with the author. Although the characters are fictional their stories are very indepth and provide the reader with a certain character that makes them feel like they are real clients with real issues. However it is my own feelings that this book is a bit more cryptic than the others in series and Jacobs writes more about the approach with these two clients rather than the approach in general.

The book makes you read and flow through it like the majority of the SAGE counselling in action books. By the end of the book I was hungry for more information into Psychodynamic Counselling and will be looking through the references of this book to help me to decide on the next book of study. I am new to psychodynamic counselling theory and this was my first glimpse into Psychodynamics and its uses as a Therapeutic tool and method. I must say that it has left me with a number of questions unanswered resulting in me wanting more information.

I want to do further research into the approach as I have not previously studied Psychodynamic Counselling and with more books and researching. It would be interesting to be able to relate the approaches that I have studied so far (CBT and PCT) to gain deeper insight into other counselling theory and more theoretical knowledge, which can help me and others with my studies.

I have read Person Centred Counselling in Action and also Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Action and both of these books also are great introductions to counselling theory. The beauty of these books are the references to other books and I have just ordered a new book from the references of Person Centred Counselling in Action which is Person Centred Counselling: a Clinical Philosophy that I am looking forward to adding to my own personnel library of Counselling sources to compliment my learning and my Diploma and eventually my Degree.
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