Author of the Month March 2015: Bill McHenry and Jim McHenry

Bill McHenry and Jim McHenry, co-authors of What Therapists Say and Why They Say It, are the Routledge Mental Health Authors of the Month for March 2015. Bill McHenry, PhD, is the dean of graduate studies and research at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Jim McHenry, EdD, was a professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for 32 years and is now a semi-retired professor emeritus.

In The Author's Words

Why did you decide to write this book?

We wrote What Therapists Say and Why They Say It to provide counseling students and practitioners with a strong foundation of skills and techniques. We wanted to offer a book that has scores of examples for practitioners to better understand basic and advanced counseling techniques.

What’s the one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

The variety of skills and techniques within our field is quite impressive. We hope that strong practitioners continue to enhance and hone their technical approach to counseling throughout their career with the help of our title..

Is there anything you’d like to highlight about this topic or your book in particular?

An extraordinary number of techniques and skills have been provided in our book. The theoretical approaches and modalities associated with contemporary counseling have been offered.

What’s a common misconception about this topic that you’d like to clear up?

It's a common for people to think that counseling is simply a conversation. Rather, it is a systematic, purposeful connection that requires full presence on the part of the counselor.

About the Authors

Bill McHenry, PhD, is the dean of graduate studies and research at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Prior to accepting an administrative position, he served as a counselor educator for 10 years.

Jim McHenry, EdD, was a professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for 32 years and is now a semi-retired professor emeritus.