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1st Edition

Counselling Psychology

Edited By

Victoria Galbraith

ISBN 9781138648364
Published August 15, 2017 by Routledge
272 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


'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