What is Counselling?
The Promise and Problem of the Talking Therapies
By (author) Colin Feltham
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What is Counselling? by Colin Feltham
Book Description'The text...flows comfortably and confidently, leading the reader by the hand through the problems associated with defining counselling, counselling's cousins to the emergence of contemporary counselling...and what a stimulating, enjoyable and challenging text it is. Having read the book I experienced the same sense of buoyant optimism with which I leave my supervision sessions...Unlike live supervision, the book will sit on my shelf and be available when I need the nurture. To other practitioners I would say "go on, treat yourself"...every word is relevant and necessary. I have enjoyed reading it, learned much from it and found little to disagree with' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy For those seeking an honest appraisal of the activity and profession of counselling, the author of this rigorous examination of the talking therapies asks such key questions as: How has counselling evolved and why is it flourishing now in Western society? What are the limits on its applications? What social functions does it serve? Who benefits from it and who does not? What is its intellectual standing?Colin Feltham brings contemporary counselling into focus by comparisons with other modern and historical helping services, religious and philosophical analyses of the human condition, and the present socio-economic context. He also discusses the topical issue of professionalization, and examines the arguments concerning the alleged differences between counselling and psychotherapy. He demonstrates that it is extremely difficult to define counselling in a way which fairly, unambiguously and accurately places it beyond misunderstanding and which reasonably distinguishes it from other similar activities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803988576
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Colin Feltham
Counselling and Counselling Psychology: A Critical Examination, Paperback (April 2013)
Critique is the crux of good academic work, and functions as the hinge-point between scholarship, professional activity and practice. Each theory is only as strong as its capacity to withstand critical examination of its assumptions. Colin Feltham tests the theories, practice and research methods of counselling and counselling psychology.
Failure, Paperback (June 2012)
Colin Feltham brings a much needed perspective on our perpetual striving towards perfectibility. Time to accept our non-omniscience and to rethink what it means to fail.
Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Paperback (January 2012)» View all books by Colin Feltham
This long awaited Third Edition brings together the fundamentals of counselling and psychotherapy theory, research, skills and practice. It is a comprehensive, fully inclusive, state of the art overview of contemporary counselling and psychotherapy essential for trainee and practising counsellors, counselling psychologists and psychotherapists.
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Author Biography - Colin Feltham
Colin Feltham is series editor of Professional Skills for Counsellors and Short Introductions to the Therapy Professions series, co-editor of SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy and author of several SAGE texts, including What is Counselling?
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