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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (19 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845283252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845283254
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A counsellor's pocketbook and a useful companion to students on courses up to counselling skills certificate level.'
-- Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal

'I believe this book is a must for every counsellor's library. It illustrates clearly the techniques, process and goals of counselling, and is spiced with interesting and entertaining case studies. Supervisors and teachers will find it useful to guide their students and experienced counsellors will be reminded of the basics in this excellent book.'
-- Dr John Gunzburg, Melbourne, Australia.

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'I believe this book is a must for every counsellor's library. It illustrates clearly the techniques, process and goals of counselling, and is spiced with interesting and entertaining case studies. Supervisors and teachers will find it useful to guide their students and experienced counsellors will be reminded of the basics in this excellent book.'

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I bought this book when I was looking for help in caring for a family member who refused to seek professional counselling (having had counselling myself I knew the benefits to be gained). I thought that perhaps, if I could get a few pointers from this book, I might be able to help them myself.
It proved to be a very easy to read, easy to understand book which gives practical help and information on what counselling involves at all levels, whether at a professional level or that of a friendship based helper-helpee relationship. It includes case histories throughout with good examples of counselling practice serving to illustrate the points made and the techniques described. There are thought provoking exercises that make you search yourself for honest answers, leading to a deeper understanding of ones own behaviour and emotions, thereby facilitating empathy with others.
It was such a good book, I was encouraged to enrol in an initial counselling skills course shortly after reading it.
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I am currently ten weeks into the Counselling Skills Level 2 certificate course and this book is proving to be invaluable. It pulls together all the threads of the course content we have covered so far in a fun and informative way, it's really easy to follow and understand. It takes you from the basics of counselling techniques through to more specialist themes such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is my area of interest. I refer to the book in every lesson now for hints and tips alongside the formal course guide.
My fellow students find the role play sessions difficult and sometimes stressful and this book sets out in clear terms how to start, structure and end the session, and gives constructive ideas for what works well or less well dependant on your style and the situation. It gives you confidence to try new things.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning good basic counselling skills, and in particular to anyone thinking of, or currently attending Counselling Skills training
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This concise, accessible, practical, easy to read, and inexpensive text, is an excellent introduction to counselling. The authors’ warm and friendly approach together with their use of thought-provoking case studies, illustrations, examples of skills in action, and stimulating activities make learning an interesting and rewarding experience. Besides teaching basic counselling skills such as good listening and responding supportively, the authors identify the essential qualities required to become an empathic and effective counsellor. The book concludes with a helpful glossary of terms, a list of useful organisations and internet resources, and a comprehensive further reading section.
In my opinion, this extremely good value for money book is essential reading for counselling students, or those considering pursuing a career in counselling. Moreover, it merits a well deserved place on the recommended reading list of every introductory counselling course.
Ella, trainee counsellor
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Unsurprisingly this book has yet again been reprinted (3rd Edition)and continues to contribute a real foundation stone in the learning of student counsellors of many theoretical disciplines. I also think that the insight and understanding (in relation to oneself, others and the nature of relationships)that can be gained through reading this book is an invaluable resource to anyone working with 'people'...or, for that matter, anyone engaged in any kind of relationship..........which possibly accounts for it's huge success over such a long period! Perhaps it could be included on the reading list for Sixth Form College's Lifeskills studies?
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I bought this book to read alongside the counselling skills course Im currently attending part time. I have found it to be an indispensable tool to underpin the theory and practice that I'm learning on the course. I've bought many titles in this subject and this is the first one that has been easy to read and understand at beginners level. No fancy words and clear explainations have made it a joy to read and with examples of counselling excerpts so you can see the theory in practise!!
An excellent addition to any bookshelf at any learning level.
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This is a fantastic insight into the world of counselling and is helping me with my introduction to counselling course. It is easy to read and understand.
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As an introduction to counselling this is a must have book. Searches for good books on the subject led me to buying this book for one very good reason "The reviews left by buyers". I always read reviews before purchasing and it has not let me down yet. As for the content and authors, what can I say. The book is very well laid out, easy to follow and understand and above all the authors continue to ease you into the principles and foundations of learning to counsel throughout the text in a jargon free manner. This is a book that you will continually want to dip in and out of regardless of the level of counselling study you are presently at. As a skills development book there is none better than this. If you are interested in studying particular models and approaches within counselling this won't do it for you. The authors have provided a fantastic start point to becoming a counsellor. Keep this book handy, it's a must have. Great book, great authors.
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