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The original and thoughtful essays in The Making of a Consellor offer a double contribution to the literature on counselling. In the first place, they demonstrate the versatility of psychoanalytically based counselling, as they describe how the ideas and techniques are used in settings which on the face of it seem to offer little scope for a counsellor. Two case studies illustrate work done with 'impossible' clients; other essays about orphans and debtors, accountancy trainees and expatriate employess, mathematicians, and musicians take the reader into new ways of thinking about these groups of people. More traditional, perhaps, are essays about work with neurological patients, adolescent youth club members, traumatised families, and the chronically mentally ill, but each one speaks from the position of a counsellor breaking fresh ground in understanding the complexity of the problems and the richness of the counselling relationship. This is the second aspect of the book. The authors of the essays were all at the end of the two-year course leading to a Diploma in Adult or Student Counselling, and they portray in the writing something of the personal process of strugglin to become a professional counsellor and delighting in the efficacy of their new learning. In vivid narrative, The Making of a Counsellor conveys what the experience of thinking and working as a counsellor is like, making it an excellent introductory text for would-be counsellors. At the same time, the wide range of situations covered in the essays offers new perspectives on the applicability of counselling which will be of interest to more experienced counsellors, psychotherapists and allied professionals.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415067683
ISBN-10: 0415067685
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Jul-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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