The theory behind Co-Counselling argues that emotional expression should be welcomed and that human beings can help each other recover from past distress by taking turns giving and receiving attention. Benefits of the method include the acceleration of personal growth and the reduction of the stresses inherent in the practitioner's role.
This accessible book offers a serious challenge to much of what is currently considered good practice in mental health services, and succeeds in developing a dialogue between co-counselling and other therapeutic approaches. It provides a thorough introduction to the method, incorporating recent developments in the field and providing a comprehensive account of both the theory and practice. The reader also benefits from inclusion of clinical material outlining the experiences of people from a range of backgrounds offering evidence of the value of Co-Counselling.
Co-Counselling offers a model that has many implications for anyone struggling with emotional problems, particularly those recovering from discrimination, prejudice and oppression. Counsellors and psychotherapists will find this book to be an invaluable resource which both challenges and stimulates.
Table of Contents
Introduction. A View of Human Nature. Human Intelligence. Intermittent and Chronic Patterns and the Inherent Human. The Recovery Process. Co-Counselling. Hurts from Oppression. Stories. Re-evaluation Counselling in Relation to Other Approaches. Advancing Theory in Re-evaluation Counselling. Appendix 1: Working Together to End Racism. Appendix 2: Re-evaluation Counselling Publications. Appendix 3: How to Contact Re-evaluation Counselling.
"Kauffman and New's book must be one of the most accessible and least preachy on RC, it certainly conveys optimism, and will hopefully bring it better to the attention of mainstream counsellors and therapists - both to learn from and to critique as necessary." - Colin Feltham, Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, June 2005
"On the whole, it has to be said that Co-Counselling: the theory and practice of re-evaluation counselling is the best book on co-counselling I have come across so far. Anyone who is at all interested in extending counselling to a much wider range of people must read it." - John Rowan, BACP North London Magazine (55) May 2007