- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Open University Press; First edition (1 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0335263364
- ISBN-13: 978-0335263363
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Couple Therapy:: Dramas Of Love And Sex (UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Counselling and Psychotherapy) Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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About the Author
Barbara Bloomfield is a Couples and Family Counsellor and Supervisor with Relate. She is also a former newspaper journalist, BBC radio reporter, producer and an author of several books including The Relate Guide to Finding Love.
Chris Radley provides all the illustrations in this book. He is a freelance creative consultant working principally with over-seas development and UK social needs charities, undertaking a wide range of assignments from political cartooning to charity fundraising.
Top Customer Reviews
This book might be of special interest to counselors at an early stage of their career in that it addresses therapy issues in a very sensitive and human way by openly discussing fears of taking wrong decisions. The authors clearly demonstrates that therapy is not an exact sciences and that there always are a number of possible approaches to a given situation.
The author's comments below the conversations as well as the reflections at the end of each story help the reader understand the counselor's train of thoughts and her counselling strategy. Even though the book contains fairly little text, a large amount of learning can be drawn from this reflective story telling format - especially as the three stories cover very divers issues of couple therapy and point out different techniques and approaches to dealing with those issues. Thereby, the authors creates a number of links to different theoretical approaches such as transactional analysis and system therapy - and demonstrates how counseling may creatively combine a number of tools and perspectives from different theoretical approaches.
The book also provides helpful advice to potentially any couple whether in short- or long-term relationships and can initiate helpful reflections.
The format and style of the book make it an enjoyable and intelligent read, providing (in my view) a three dimensional take on counselling. Whatever audience you belong to, public, trainee counsellor, counsellor or supervisor, there are invaluable insights, tools and tips to encourage and delight the reader.
The book provides the public with an insight into the work of Relate counselling, from the importance of providing an emotionally safe space to unpacking all kinds of fears, anxieties and emotional dynamics common to human relationships.
For the trainee counsellor, there are excellent teachings from Bloomfield both in the way she creates spaces and uses a number of specific counselling techniques to facilitate the unfolding of how couples in therapy may come to understand the particular dynamics of their relationship.
The section on supervision between Barbara and Rudi Dallos is excellent providing the reader with an insight of how seriously counsellors engage in supervision for their own learning which primarily impacts on and benefits the couples they counsel.
Easy to read, and lightheartedly dealing with very real and complex relationship issues, this book has been written by a highly skilled author. Go buy!
The joy of this book it that it is extremely simple to read. You can read it in under a couple of hours - though I read one story at a time and reflected on it. It's the first cartoon-strip counselling book that I have read and so I found it highly original.
The three case studies are all rather different although each of them does revolve around people not taking responsibilty for their life or relationships. As a practsing counsellor, there were quite a few ideas in there which were new to me - such as getting one partner in a relationship to plait the other's hair (as it had deep bonding associations for one of them); using figures to represent adult, parent and child states; starting a difficult session by asking "who wants to be here today?"; being catious about how much information each partenr needs to know about the others affair (as too much can actually be damaging). Barbara also shows us how she would deal with a celebrity trying to muscle in on their family's therapy.
After each section there is also a dialogue where Barbara and Rudi Dallos (a Professor of Psycholgy) look at and discuss the dynamics of each story. I found those sections as useful as the stories themselves.
Perfect for anyone who is considering going to counselling or starting a career in counselling.
For trainee counsellors too, this book is a guide to best practice. Each story ends with a supervision discussion session between Barbara and Rudi Dallos her supervisor (whose name will be well known as co-author of Dallos & Driver's Relate text book, `Family Therapy'). At the back of the book, an added booklist of further reading is a useful addition, although I think a glossary of terms would also have been helpful to include.
In these 3 stories, all 3 couples are stuck:
* The first, pregnant, expecting a baby within the first month of meeting each other, are really not ready for this next, demanding life stage. Barbara's urgent task is to man up the boy who is about to become a father.
* The second couple are at Relate for family therapy. They have brought their son (`The Burdened Boy' of the title) who is acting out tensions his parents themselves cannot voice. Once this problem has been revealed the family can move on to flourish once more.
* In the third story, an enmeshed mother and daughter prevent a marriage from taking place. The groom's attention-getting device is to be discovered in flagrante in an internet sex chat room. Relate is called!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little disappointing. Of course it takes no time to read, so I would have liked at least one more story. £14 was a little steep I thought.Published on 17 July 2014 by Peter Davis
I thought this book was terrific but I must make two declarations:
- I am a medical doctor who believes that marital harmony and healthy male-female relationships in... Read more
All the information you could want without being heavy. The comments are to the point and the illustrations lively and helpful. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by marian donne
Barbara Bloomfield and Chris Radley have presented a book that is truly accessible, by combining narrative, dialogue and illustrations. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2013 by susan jay
This delightful book gives an easily readable insight into the counselling world. The appealing contemporary style of the excellent illustrations moves the interesting subject... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2013 by Gillian Redfern
This is an engaging and stimulating publication, combining narrative text that provides background to the unfolding stories brought to life by Chris Radley's "comic strip"... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2013 by Beagle
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