New Directions in Counselling

New Directions in Counselling

New Directions in Counselling

New Directions in Counselling


This collection identifies the pressures forcing change, taking into account national and European legislation and the drive from within counselling towards greater professionalism, multiculturalism, competency and accountability.


This book is for practitioners and students in the field of mental health, most obviously counsellors and trainee counsellors. Psychotherapists, applied psychologists and health professionals whose work includes counselling may also find it useful. It gives ideas, evidence and arguments about some of the main new directions which counselling is taking in the UK. Counselling’s main current concerns—professionalism, multiculturalism, brevity, accountability, effectiveness and integration—are all represented (cf. Dryden 1994; Horton et al. 1995).

The book is in three broad and inevitably overlapping parts: counselling as a profession, counselling practice, and counsellor education and training. In the first part, Chapter 1 provides a broad context and conveys the muddle and frustration experienced by many counsellors about what is and is not going to become of counselling as a ‘profession’, and about their place, if any, within it. The other chapters explore different facets of the increasing—and seemingly unstoppable—professionalisation of counselling.

The second part focuses first on counselling in the workplace and in primary care, then on selected problems, techniques and areas of work. Several other topics which could have been included here are reviewed in Lindsay and Powell (1994) such as eating disorders and alcoholism.

The third part explores six areas of counsellor education and training in which significant developments are taking place or, the authors argue, are needed. These chapters too have implications for practice, but are more concerned with training and less with what counsellors in various settings actually do with clients.

Each chapter is self-contained, so that the book can be used to gain an overview of new directions in UK counselling or as a specialist resource. We hope it will contribute to useful discussions and good decisions at a particularly exciting and volatile time for counsellors.

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