1st Edition

Becoming a Therapist
A Manual for Personal and Professional Development

ISBN 9780415221153
Published October 5, 2001 by Routledge
120 Pages

USD $45.95

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Book Description

Personal development is fundamental to professional development and therapeutic practice. Until now, the unstructured personal or reflective journal has by default become the sole vehicle for recording reflection through training. Becoming a Therapist is a unique practical manual, facilitating the movement and growth of the reader, whilst raising awareness of resistance to change. With challenging questions and exercises, it forces the reader to consider his or her own personal value systems, strengths and limitations as they relate to the practice of therapy, tackling vital issues such as: family; culture; gender; and ethics.
Indispensable to counsellors, counselling psychologists and psychotherapists in training, Becoming a Therapist is a thought-provoking companion to personal and professional development.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Family. Culture. Gender. Ethics. Personal Strengths. Change and Resistance to Change. Conclusion. Finding a Counsellor or Personal Therapist.

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Malcolm Cross is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology and Director of Counselling Psychology Programmes at City University, London. Linda Papadopoulos is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director in Counselling Psychology at London Guildhall University, London.


'Ongoing personal development is often seen as one of the most crucial aspects of becoming an effective counsellor. This book provides a range of thought-provoking material to aid in the process of self-discovery' - Gladeana McMahon, Lecturer in Counselling at University of East London and Co-Director of the Centre for Stress Management

'Trainee counsellors will derive much benefit and pleasure from using this practical and easily accessible manual' - Professor Robert Bor, Counselling Psychologist, London Guildhall University

Both authors are University lecturers in Counselling Psychology and I believe the book may be useful to younger students in academic studies. - Carl Dutton in summer issue of British Psychodrama Association Journal