The Shadow and the Counsellor: Working with the Darker Aspects of the Person, the Role and the Profession

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1999-07-08
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The psychological concept of the "shadow" has not always been fully appreciated by those not grounded in analytical psychology. Yet an understanding of the potentially harmful aspects of themselves and of their professional role can be extremely useful to practitioners across the spectrum of therapeutic approaches, offering counsellors a means of comprehending their personal and professional experience. Using examples from both personal and professional settings,The Shadow and the Counsellorintroduces the concept of shadow, examines how it comes into being and explores its impact within the counselling context. It considers how the counsellors work may be affected by identifying and incorporating material from the shadow into conscious awareness, and applies the concept of shadow to the role of counsellor and counselling itself.

Author Biography

Steve Page is Head of the Counselling Service at the University of Hull.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction 1(5)
Counsellor: person, shadow and mask
Development of the counsellor and the incorporation of shadow
Denying the shadow
Recognising the shadow
Confronting the shadow
Incorporating the shadow
Shadow as guide
The client: mask, person and shadow
The shadow of the profession
Notes 149(5)
Bibliography 154(9)
Author index 163(3)
Subject index 166

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