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Psychodynamic Counselling in Action (Counselling in Action series) Paperback – 3 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (3 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412902150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412902151
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 16.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`One of the most reliable (and readable) guides to what is involved in counselling that stems from the various psychoanalytic traditions. Jacobs' well-organized and comprehensive summaries of the main theories and his illustrations of psychodynamic counselling drawn from his own work will inspire students and trainees on counselling and therapy courses. They will also interest (and create envy) in more experienced readers' - Professor Andrew Samuels, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex

About the Author

Michael Jacobs is Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and Bournemouth University, a Fellow of BACP and a UKCP registered psychotherapist.


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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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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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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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What a book?! It is what is says in the title and more. I would give it 6-stars if I could. I borrowed an older version from my local library and knew I had to get my own copy. This is the 4th edition and should be on all reading lists. I am fairly new to psychodynamic counselling and in my first term of training and yet this book has taught me so much already and about myself. There are times when I could not put the book down while reading, as one topic leads on to another. I have used it to reference comments/phrases made by my trainer in class and other times to learn a bit more about what the topic means, or as part of my reading for class. It also explains all the various aspects of psychodynamic counselling. In my opinion the author has written one of the best books I own in this field and I know I shall treasure my copy and make good use of it for years to come and well into the future. Thank you Michael Jacobs! Get your copy, you won't regret it, I promise you.
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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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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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