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Counselling Psychology

1st Edition

Edited by Victoria Galbraith


260 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This is the first textbook to provide a complete overview of counselling psychology. Covering not only the underlying principles and philosophy of the profession, it offers a uniquely applied perspective in a concise, student-friendly format.

From the relationship between research and practice to key ethical and professional issues, the book is written by some of the most eminent academic and practising psychologists in the field. It initially defines what counselling psychology and a therapeutic relationship involves, before outlining the range of approaches that can be taken with clients, from CBT to psychodynamic perspectives, and the journey of training through to working as a counselling psychologist.

Supported by case studies and a range of features to illustrate how theory can be applied to practice, this is the ideal companion for courses in applied counselling psychology. The integrated and interactive approach covers the personal and professional issues which counselling psychologists face, making this the definitive introduction for any student of this growing field of study.


'With contributions from founders, established professionals and relative newcomers, Dr Galbraith’s edited book offers an insider’s perspective of the most vibrant of psychological professions. It is a delight to see the multiple and intersecting strands of ethics, research and practice side by side, enriching as they do the pluralistic stance of this applied psychology. This is an accessible and easy to read introductory text that will find a place on every good psychology undergraduate reading list. The book will also be invaluable for those considering making the transition from interested outsider to trainee in the field.' - Professor Martin Milton, Regents University London, UK

Table of Contents

Part 1. Background 1. Introduction: What is counselling psychology? Part 2. Principles of clinical practice 2 Assessment and formulation in counselling psychology 3. Counselling psychology perspectives 4. Developing a therapeutic relationship Part 3. Applications of theory to practice 5. Humanistic approaches: Person-centred 6. Existential-phenomenological approaches 7. CBT approaches 8. Psychodynamic approaches Part 4. Personal and Professional Issues in Counselling Psychology 9. Ethical and professional practice in counselling psychology: difference and diversity 10. The value of personal development in counselling psychology Part 5. Evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence 11. Scientist practitioner and reflective practitioner 12. Research in counselling psychology Part 6. Developments, training, roles and competencies 13. Professional developments in counselling psychology 14. Professional Training in Counselling Psychology 15. Working as a counselling psychologist

About the Editor

Dr Galbraith is Registrar for the BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology and former Programme Director for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton. She has an independent consultancy and psychology practice.

About the Series

Topics in Applied Psychology

Topics in Applied Psychology offers a range of accessible, integrated texts ideal for courses in applied psychology. Written by leading figures in the field, they provide a comprehensive academic and professional insight into each topic. They incorporate a range of features to bring psychology to life, including case histories, research methods, ethical debate, and learner activities. The series will provide readers with the tools you need to engage with, enjoy and understand your applied psychology discipline, ultimately ensuring confidence and success in exams as well as a comprehensive grounding in the profession.

Learn more about the series from our interview with Graham Davey!

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology