Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Synopsis

Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy covers all the basic counseling theories, but goes one step further by exploring new, cutting-edge techniques, and focusing on the integration of various theoretical approaches.

Excerpt

I (KAF) am writing the preface, as I often do, at the end of the writing pro-cess. Therefore, for you the reader, what is your first taste of this book is for me a reflection process akin to what a chef does, surveying the table as the guests arrive for dinner. As part of this reflection my coauthors and I would like to acquaint you with four main pieces of information: why we wrote this book, what we hope you gain from using the book, what is contained in the book, and how to use the book.

Why write another theory book? A brief review of the theory bookshelf reveals more than enough titles from which to choose. Personally, my coauthors and I love theory, and the use of theory in our development as educators and clinicians has been essential. There is a palpable sense of depth and mystery in studying theory that is extremely appealing to us; it reflects the murkiness of the therapeutic situation. When I talk to students about their reasons for studying counseling or psychology, they often provide the standard answer, "I want to help." How do you help? To be an effective helper, one must be able to discern the human condition; so the issue of the nature of humanity is in essence both a professional and personal one. Nowhere is the convergence of personal and professional issues more notable than in the study of counseling theory. So, in the most practical sense, we chose to write the book because we enjoy the topic. The three facilitators in your journey (Jan, Andre, and I) bonded by one ideal that we kept alive during this whole process: the desire to make theory accessible and practical while not sacrificing any of the depth of the material.

That brings us to the question of what you can hope to gain from using the book. Our hope is that you learn about yourself and the various theories. As you will read in chapter 1, theory development is a process, and the first step is learning about the content of each theory, while also applying the concepts to your own personal philosophies and values. Because we believe that the more you are exposed to the content of each theory, the more you will have a personal reaction to the theory, we have taken great care to explore issues that are largely ignored by other texts. We hope that the depth of the material ignites some passion and helps you resonate with the philosophy of some theories over others; they are different for a reason. We hope

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