Co-Counselling: The Theory and Practice of Re-Evaluation Counselling

Co-Counselling: The Theory and Practice of Re-Evaluation Counselling

Co-Counselling: The Theory and Practice of Re-Evaluation Counselling

Co-Counselling: The Theory and Practice of Re-Evaluation Counselling

Synopsis

The theory behind Co-Counselling argues that emotional expression should be welcomed and that human beings can help each other recover from past distress by taking turns giving and receiving attention. Benefits of the method include the acceleration of personal growth and the reduction of the stresses inherent in the practitioner's role. This accessible book offers a serious challenge to much of what is currently considered good practice in mental health services, and succeeds in developing a dialogue between co-counselling and other therapeutic approaches. It provides a thorough introduction to the method, incorporating recent developments in the field and providing a comprehensive account of both the theory and practice. The reader also benefits from inclusion of clinical material outlining the experiences of people from a range of backgrounds offering evidence of the value of Co-Counselling. Co-Counselling offers a model that has many implications for anyone struggling with emotional problems, particularly those recovering from discrimination, prejudice and oppression. Counsellors and psychotherapists will find this book to be an invaluable resource which both challenges and stimulates.

Excerpt

This series focuses on advanced and advancing theory in psychotherapy. Its aims are: to present theory and practice within a specific theoretical orientation or approach at an advanced, postgraduate level; to advance theory by presenting and evaluating new ideas and their relation to the approach; to locate the orientation and its applications within cultural contexts both historically in terms of the origins of the approach and contemporarily in terms of current debates about philosophy, theory, society and therapy; and, finally, to present and develop a critical view of theory and practice, especially in the context of debates about power, organisation and the increasing professionalisation of therapy.

Some readers may be surprised at the inclusion of a volume on Co-Counselling in this series. While Co-Counselling (or Re-evaluation Counselling) is not generally or traditionally regarded as a psychotherapy and, indeed, does not claim to be, it has made and continues to make an important contribution to our understanding of human beings and human situations. Co-Counselling has specific ideas about a range of issues concerning the nature of being human, the impact of being hurt and of social oppression, and reparative contact. Professionals and lay people alike may find some of these ideas challenging; all of them are central to psycho-therapeutic endeavour and are of interest to therapists from other theoretical orientations. Harvey Jackins, the founder of Re-evaulation Counselling, also had specific ideas about the nature of theory which influence how Co-Counsellors work and communicate, which, in turn, has informed both the content and presentation of this book. This creatively constructed contribution addresses the brief and concerns of the series, and I am grateful to both authors for their willingness not only to find ways of working together across an ocean and a continent, but also to consult and dialogue with colleagues and reference people within the international Co-Counselling community - and with me as series editor. As the authors themselves acknowledge, Co-Counselling publications have, to date, been largely written and read 'in house', and have not generally been available to a professional therapeutic audience. It is therefore particularly significant and gratifying that this book is appearing in this series and I recommend it, especially to the sceptical reader.

Keith Tudor

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