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An Introduction to Counselling, Fifth Edition (UK Higher by John Mcleod

By John Mcleod

This bestseller presents a complete creation to the speculation and perform of counselling and psychotherapy.

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In the ‘no difference’ position, counselling is still placed in a lesser position, by dint of the fact that psychotherapy jobs are higher status and better paid than counselling posts, even when they involve doing equivalent work. Many people who work as counsellors are dissatisfied with the ‘little sister’ image of their professional role, because they know that they work with some of the most damaged people in society, and believe that what they do is as effective as any form of psychotherapy.

2 Freud’s idea of a unitary life–force (libido) was derived from nineteenth-century biological theories. 3 The idea that emotional problems had a sexual cause was widely accepted in the nineteenth century. 4 The idea of the unconscious had been employed not only by the hypnotists, but also by other nineteenth-century writers and philosophers. The distinctive contribution of Freud can probably be regarded as his capacity to assimilate all of these ideas into a coherent theoretical model that has proved of great value in many fields of work.

Resolution can include: achieving an understanding or perspective on the problem, arriving at a personal acceptance of the problem or dilemma and taking action to change the situation in which the problem arose. b Learning. Engagement with counselling may enable the person to acquire new understandings, skills and strategies that make them better able to handle similar problems in future. c Social inclusion. Counselling stimulates the energy and capacity of the person as someone who can contribute to the well-being of others and the social good.

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