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The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
by Louis Cozolino
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.34

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, 13 Mar. 2012
The second edition is a useful update on a good description of the emerging body of work which seeks to inform psychotherapy with developments from neuroscience. Cozolino's other book on relationships is also well worth consideration. Daniel J. Siegel's work is similar in scope, if sometimes slightly more populist in tone. Both authors are well liked by my undergraduate students in counselling - readable, suffeciently in depth and informative.


The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician's Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician's Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
by Daniel Siegel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.49

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Ellis, 8 Feb. 2012
Simply a great buy, as it explains the multiple and overlapping scientific fields which now form the foundation of 'counselling & psychotherapy' - in a readable (book) or engaging (CD) conversational format. It is not too much of a technical textbook for all it's 'science' and in many ways is an inspirational read. My students have found it understandable and useful - not just for the production of assessed work, but also for their personal development. Look up his other works, for the application of these groundbreaking ideas in, for example, parenting or mental health.


The Focusing-Oriented Counselling Primer: A concise, accessible, comprehensive introduction (Counselling Primer Series)
The Focusing-Oriented Counselling Primer: A concise, accessible, comprehensive introduction (Counselling Primer Series)
by Campbell Purton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point, 4 Feb. 2009
An excellent introduction to this area of counselling work, it does what it says on the tin: concise, accessible and a good starting point. The 'resources for further learning' & 'glossary' are all that you need to take up more extensive coverage & training in the UK. For those who want to persue this further, the Gendlin books & articles are excellent but very much less accessible. I would recommend Purton's 2004 book: Person-Centred Therapy: The Focussing-Oriented Approach as a next step. If you want to contextulise Focusing Orientated Counselling, then Pete Sanders (Ed) 2004 work: The Tribes of the Person-Centred Nation, is again excellent, with Purton providing a fine chapter on Focusing.


Tantra: The Art of Mind-Blowing Sex
Tantra: The Art of Mind-Blowing Sex
by Val Sampson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction, 26 Jan. 2009
I have suggested this book to a good number of clients and all have found it an excellent introduction to the subject, and which has enhansed their relationship at all levels. Remains one of those valuable tools in assisting people expand their love life in more than the obvious direction.


Hope and Despair in Narrative and Family Therapy
Hope and Despair in Narrative and Family Therapy
by Carmel Flaskas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £40.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging our perceptions, 24 Aug. 2008
An excellent book which may challenge the reader who works in counselling and therapy to review their approach to therapy. This will become a key text within family, systemic and narrative approaches, with a wider application to all forms of psychotherapy.


Making Social Worlds: A Communication Perspective
Making Social Worlds: A Communication Perspective
by W. Barnett Pearce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading on communications, 24 Aug. 2008
Essential reading for those training in or involved with psychotherapy, family and systemic therapy/counselling. The book is surprisingly readable even for the non-academic, and very well illustrated. Presenting his groundbraking ideas, the book is an excellent example of and about commumication and it's relevance within philosophical and sociological contexts.
Beyond the professional, I have recomended the book to intelligent clients, particularly couples, and they have consistently reported being greatly helped to understand the meaning of their communications.
A must buy and excellent value.


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