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Presenting Past: Core of Psychodynamic Counselling and Therapy Paperback – 1 Sep 1998

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335201962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335201969
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Everyone who works with clients will welcome Michael Jacobs eminently readable and stimulating new book. Drawing on the works of Erikson, Winnicott, and other relational theorists, Jacobs articulates the three major development themes that weave their way through both counselling and psychotherapy. The author's case studies leap off the page, drawing the reader into the intricacies of the therapy relationship to demonstrate how the past becomes a living part of the here-and-now. A boon for beginning therapists as well as a refreshing source of new ideas for more experienced clinicians." - Professor Sheldon Cashdan, author, Object Relations Therapy "This book is a wonderfully readable overview of the developmental principles underlying psychodynamic counselling. Theories of Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Kohut and others are organized into three broad developmental themes- dependency, autonomy and interdependence, and illuminated with rich clinical examples. Jacobs' lucid, lively style makes the connection between theory and practice clear and accessible. This outstanding book will appeal to established clinicians as well as students training in counselling and psychotherapy." - Jan Grant, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia "Michael Jacobs is a free spirit who roams purposefully in theoften contentious world of the rival psychoanalytic traditions." - Professor Brian Thorne, Centre for Counselling Studies, University of East Anglia "An original and reliable approach to the development of personality that every therapist and student therapist should possess. Jacobs, one of the founders of psychodynamic therapy and counselling, avoids the twin perils of unimaginative, meaningless causality on the one hand and indifferent, irresponsible reference to fate on the other." - Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex

About the Author

Michael Jacobs has been at the University of Leicester for over 25 years, first as a psychotherapist/counsellor, now as Director of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Diplomas programme.


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This book is a wonderfully readable overview of the developmental principles underlying psychodynamic counselling. Theories of Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Kohut and others are organized into three broad developmental themes - dependency, autonomy and interdependence, and illuminated with rich clinical examples. Jacobs' lucid, lively style makes the connection between theory and practice clear and accessible. It is as if he is having an engaging conversation with the reader about how to use complex developmental theories to enhance clinical practice. This outstanding book will appeal to established clinicians as well as students training in counselling and sychotherapy.
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Everyone who works with clients will welcome Michael Jacobs eminently readable and stimulating new book. Drawing on the works of Erikson, Winnicott, and other relational theorists, Jacobs articulates the three major development themes that weave their way through both counseling and psychotherapy. The author's case studies leap off the page, drawing the reader into the intricacies of the therapy relationship to demonstrate how the past becomes a living part of the here-and-now. A boon for beginning therapists as well as a refreshing source of new ideas for more experienced clinicians.
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This step by step introduction to counselling is essential for anyone commencing on the path to counselling or just wishing to improve their counselling and listening skills. Whether this is for professional or personal reasons, "The Presenting Past" is at a level that appeals to everyone.
Whilst reading The Presenting Past, you feel Jacobs is personally taking you by the hand and leading you one step at a time into the amazing world of counselling, making you analyse your own life on the way...
I particularly enjoyed the way the book encourages you to write notes and answer the tasks provided, although this appears daunting at first, it is well worth the effort.
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I have, literally, just finished reading this. How refreshing to read such a lucid, well-crafted and accessible book. I highly recommend this to all trainees and, I imagine, I will refer back to to Jacobs' work time and time again in the years to come. Absolutely invaluable.
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I am giving this book a four star because I am still reading it. So far it's worth buying and as a psychodynamic student, I will recommend it.
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