Making Successful Decisions in Counselling and Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide
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What is the purpose in working with the client? What are the main problems or concerns we need to explore? Who else is involved and what are their expectations? The task of working with a client in order to bring about therapeutic change involves a constant stream of decisions. But how exactly do you decide? What influences your choices and how can you be sure that you are making the right ones? Professional training provides guidelines. However, the evidence suggests that in practice, decision-making is a complex task and our decisions are not always as accurate as we assume. This book examines some of the factors that are involved in making good decisions, the range of thinking skills we need in order to make effective choices and some of the factors that can prevent us from making sound decisions in our work with clients. Drawing on both the existing literature and a range of practical exercises, Making Successful Decisions in Counselling and Psychotherapy provides invaluable guidance on how to tackle the task of decision-making in 'real world' counselling and psychotherapeutic settings in order to develop a systematic, effective and creative approach.
Notes about the author(s):
David A. Lane is a chartered psychologist and Director of the Professional Development Foundation. He contributes to leading edge research in coaching as well as supervising leading coaches undertaking doctoral research. He was Chair of the British Psychological Society Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy and convenor of the Psychotherapy Group of the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations.
Sarah Corrie is a chartered psychologist and consultant clinical psychologist. She has extensive experience in both public and private sector services, and runs her own practice as well as working as a freelance writer, trainer, and lecturer. She is Programme Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy offered by Royal Holloway University of London and Central and North West London Foundation Trust.