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Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Paperback – 20 Nov 1997
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...extremely enjoyable. -- Paul Sussman, in the Independent on Sunday
A delightful book which...offers a gentle introduction to Transactional Analysis and much more. -- Relate News
An imaginative attempt to explain the counselling process..the idea of counselling is all around, but this demystifies it wittily -- Openmind
Counselling for Toads is a joy. -- Claire Rayner
For anyone wishing to know something about Transactional Analysis this is a clear and very readable introduction. -- The Friend
'Toad', the famous character in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows is in a very depressed state and his good friends Rat, Mole and Badger, are 'worried that he might do something silly'...First they nursed him. Then they encouraged him. Then they told him to pull himself together...Finally, Badger could stand it no longer. That admirable animal, though long on exhortation, was short on patience. 'Now look here Toad, this can go on no longer', he said sternly. 'There is only one thing left. You must have counselling!' Robert De Board's engaging account of Toad's experience of counselling will capture the imagination of the growing readership of people who are interested in counselling and the counselling process. Written as a real continuation of life on the River Bank, Toad and his friends come to life all over again. Heron, the counsellor, uses the language and ideas of transactional analysis as his counselling method. Through the dialogues which make up the ten sessions, or chapters of the book, Toad learns how to analyse his own feelings and develop his emotional intelligence.He meets his 'rebellious child' and his 'adult' along the way, and by the end of the book, as debonair as ever he was, is setting out on a completely new adventure. As readers learn about Toad, so they can learn about themselves and be encouraged to take the path of psychological growth and development. Best-selling author, Robert De Board says: 'Toad's experiences are based on my own experiences of counselling people over a period of twenty years. Counselling for Toads is really an amalgamation of the many counselling sessions I have held and contains a distillation of the truths I have learnt from practice.' Appropriate for anyone approaching counselling for the first time, whether as a student or as a client, or for the professional counsellor looking for something to recommend to the hesitant, Counselling for Toads will appeal to both children and adults of all ages.
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Ordered form Amazon yesterday, sat and read it earlier today, only circa 150 pages.
If you think you are depressed or someone you know and care about may be depressed, this is an excellent way of explaining what counselling can do and what people can actually do for themselves.
It is presented in a totally uncomplicated way, set amongst the classic tale 'Wind in the Willows' that most people are familiar with, not to worry if you are not, it works with or without previous knowledge.
It provides a really easy way to recognise both a person suffering from depression (in this case, myself) and their friends and close family describing how they can react to someone close becoming unwell.
I will continually recommend this book to any and all depressives out there,what do you have to lose within it's 150 pages it may enlighten, educate and enable you to start on that road to recovery, get well soon and I hope you find happiness.
I was recommended this book by a counselling instructor on an "introduction to counselling" evening class. The instructor trains people up to Level 4 / diploma so it's safe to assume he knows what he's talking about!
If I wasn't someone with a strong interest in psychology or counselling, I would still find this book a great read, at times having to put the book down because a question asked resonated with me...so unconsciously, I 'went' to look for an answer. ( some which I, too, didn't really want to revisit; classed as " that childhood stuff I dealt with...I think...well, best not to disturb the ghosts"). And therefore, I will give this a 5 stars- perhaps someone else will go on 2 different adventures at once!
Each chapter from chapter 2 onwards describes Toad's experience of each weekly visit to Heron, and how he begins to feel better little by little. I really loved it, and love Robert de Board's style of explaining and teaching, though in this book it's done so well through the characters of Wind in the Willows
I’m training as a counsellor and was looking for a book to start my journey on. I was told to read this by a friend — now I can see why this book is so popular. Thank you.
I recommend this book to parents, young adults, professionals and of course students who wish to take the path of counselling.