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Experiences of counselling in action / ed. Dave Mearns, Windy Dryden

Secondary Author Mearns, Dave
Dryden, Windy
Country Reino Unido. Publication London : Sage Publications, imp. 1994 Description X, 149 p. ; 22 cm Series Counselling in action ISBN 0-8039-8193-7 CDU 615.851
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

`How hard it is to find a book to recommend to trainees, which will give them an insight into what counselling (and psychotherapy too, for that matter) is really like. This book does exactly that... This is a book which would be equally useful to the humanistic practitioner and the more orthodox one. The breadth of sympathy is admirable in dealing with what is common to all orientations. This is one of those rare books which does justice both to the human experiences involved in counselling and psychotherapy, and to the theory which might explain those experiences' - ChangesWhat is the experience of counselling from the perspectives of both client and counsellor? What can be learned for the

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • The Client's Experience of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • A Review of the Research Literature
  • A Client's Experience of Failure
  • A Client's Experience of Success
  • The Experience of Couple Counselling
  • The Client Becomes a Counsellor
  • The Practitioner's Experience of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • A Review of the Research Literature
  • The Counsellor's Experience of Failure
  • The Counsellor's Experience of Success
  • My Experience of Counselling Couples
  • What Might be Learned from these Experiences of Counselling in Action?

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Mearns (Jordanhill College of Education, UK) and Dryden (University of London) present simple and straightforward accounts of the experiences of some 100 people involved in the therapeutic endeavor--whether as "counselors," "therapists," or "clients." The book is not a compilation of a large body of empirical research on the topic of experiencing psychotherapy and has a very limited reference section. Its focus is much more on identifying what persons actually involved in the process of psychotherapy have experienced and on having them describe that experience in their own words. At times, this leads to a superficial consideration of concepts more extensively explicated elsewhere. At other times, however, it results in a sophisticated simplicity understandable by those experienced in the process of psychotherapy. It provides a stimulus for further study of many important and "cutting edge" ideas not readily amenable to empirical research investigation. A book most important to all counseling and psychotherapy practitioners. Graduate level. J. R. Thompson Oberlin College

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