Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy : A Case Approach

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-18
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Based on a deeply held belief that theory does matter in effective helperclient interactions, this text examines with clarity and with wit fourteen theories of counseling and psychotherapy. At the beginning each chapter, readers "meet" a new client through a case example. The author then presents the theoryrs"s basic philosophical assumptions; its beliefs about what motivates human behavior; its central constructs; its picture of how humans develop; its ideas about what constitutes mental health and dysfunction; its perspective on how our relationships with those around us impact our functioning; and its view of how our behavior, thoughts, and emotion impact our functioning. Throughout each chapter, the author immediately illustrates the application of a construct or process by showing how it relates to the client case described at the beginning of the chapter, demonstrating the translation of each theory into practice. The second edition includes three new chapters (Chapter 3: Neoanalytic Approaches, Chapter 6: Existential Psychotherapy, Chapter 15: Narrative Therapy) and a companion DVD to accompany the texts. See applications of theory come to life! TheTheories in Action DVDillustrates six therapists of different theoretical orientations working with the same client.

Author Biography

Nancy L. Murdock, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She has served as the Vice President for Education and Training of the Society of Counseling Psychology and is a past chair of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs.  Her research interests include professional issues, counseling/supervision process, and family systems theory. 

Table of Contents

Theory Is a Good Thing
Neoanalytic Approaches
Individual Psychology
Person-Centered Therapy
Existential Psychotherapy
Gestalt Therapy
Behavior Therapy
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Therapy
Reality Therapy
Feminist Therapy
Family Systems Theory
Solution-Focused Therapy
Narrative Therapy
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