The therapeutic encounter is at the core of counselling and psychotherapy training and practice, regardless of therapeutic modality. This book introduces a cross-modality approach to the client-therapist encounter, drawing from humanistic, psychoanalytic, systemic, and integrative approaches.
Chapters introduce a range of client themes - the refusal to join in, the battle for control, the emotionally unavailable etc - and shows how these are enacted in the relationship. The authors invite you, as therapist, to interact creatively with the client, engaging directly in the drama. In this way, they provide a coherent framework within which to understand both the therapeutic relationship and the principles of their approach.
This book is highly recommended for any counselling and psychotherapy trainee, regardless of modality. It is a must-read, with each chapter directly addressing essential teaching and trainee concerns.
David Bott is the Director of Studies of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Brighton and a UKCP registered Systemic Psychotherapist.
Pam Howard is Course Leader of the MA Psychotherapeutic Counselling at the University of Brighton and a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
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A psychiatrist explores the roots of personality and the potential results ofusing mood-altering drugs.Review:
`A lively presentation of student journals, Crouch's own experiences and his wish to engage with the reader. This combination encourages us to address our own sense of self, an issue that is at the heart of the book... a ground-breaking book and well worth having on any counsellor's shelf... five stars for originality' - Self & Society
`Challenging you to think, feel and analyze who you are and what counselling is about... the author takes the reader into how it is to live with your own personal experience in a creative and vivid way that is quite different from other text books. By writing in a fictional and compelling style, he enables the reader, whether they are client, counsellor or supervisor, to sense the essential humanity of the characters introduced... This book suggests that unless we can... get back to and learn to trust in the value of the subjective, we cannot get to the heart of what counselling or life is about' - Counselling at Work
`We heartily recommend this book - everyone should have a copy' - Dialogue
`With a fresh and imaginative slant, Anthony Crouch charms and disarms the reader... from the outset... I really enjoyed and value this book, but you need to read and experience it yourself... It is a lively, readable, challenging book, examining key issues for clients, counsellors and trainee counsellors... This is not a book about the theory of counselling, but a subjective view of the therapeutic process, the sense of what being a counsellor is all about; an attempt to create a bridge between theoretical concepts and actual counselling experiences... Crouch describes his own personal experiences, doubts, dilemmas and growth... [and] paints rich, vivid and valuable illustrations of concepts... a frank, honest and powerful book... Crouch treats difficult and complex issues in an innovative, fascinating, but ultimately serious way, and I wish this book had been around when I was struggling on my training course!' - British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Review
`Anthony Crouch examines the internal and subjective reality of being a counsellor. Using a series of vignettes, rather than case studies, Crouch builds in all participant perspectives, counsellor, client and supervisor... [the book] proves to be eminently readable, like a good novel. And like a good novel, as opposed to merely a "good read", it takes the reader into the world of its characters so that we might understand them. From the outset, Crouch asserts that the effective counsellor is one who can enter the intimate subjectivity of the client and use that reality as a catalyst for change and growth. By the same token the counsellor should grow through that interaction. The book also contains a series of challenging personal development exercises which the author invites the reader to undertake' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling
`A painfully honest account of the whole interior of the counselling process. Crouch offers a wealth of vivid observations, disclosures and exercises. This highly personal yet instructive book is essential reading not only for trainees but for clients, counsellors, supervisors and trainers who need to be reminded of the subjective core of counselling and the shared human struggle for personal integrity in a brutalising world' - Colin Feltham, Sheffield Hallam University
`Anthony Crouch has done a masterly job in reviewing the whole training side of counselling. Connecting the external to the subjective, he asks counsellors to journey within as a preparation to working with clients. It is honest, direct, challenging, personal, exciting. It will remain on my bookshelf long after other books have disappeared' - Michael Carroll, Private Practice
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