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Common Presenting Issues in Psychotherapeutic Practice

Common Presenting Issues in Psychotherapeutic Practice

December 2013 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Learning how to work effectively with a broad range of clients and their presenting issues is a vital part of a career as a therapist, but engaging with the often conflicting worlds of descriptive psychopathology and the subjective meanings of the therapist and client is a real challenge for trainees. They have to develop the skills and knowledge that allow both approaches - one medical, one humanistic - to work successfully together.  


With the support of expert contributors, Pam James and Barbara Douglas help your students to confidently do just that, proving a comprehensive introduction to the theory, research and practice behind a range of common presenting issues. Key issues covered include:


- Anxiety

- Depression

- Trauma

- Bipolar disorder

- Psychosis

- Eating disorders

- Borderline personality disorder


This book should be on the desk of every counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology trainee, and is recommended reading for other practitioners of health and social care working with these common presenting issues.

Professor Ray Woolfe
With a contribution from Dr Carole Lund
Introduction (with Carol Lund)
With a contribution from Dr Mary Reid
Exploring anxiety (with Mary Reid)
With a contribution from Dr Dee Danchev
Exploring depression (with Dee Danchev)
With a contribution from Anthony Parnell
Exploring trauma and post traumatic stress (with Tony Parnell)
With a contribution from Hamilton Fairfax
Exploring psychosis (with Hamilton Fairfax)
With a contribution from Dr Mabel Martinelli
Exploring bipolar (with Roly Fletcher)
With a contribution from Nicola Gale and Dr Claire John
Exploring the borderline (with Clare John and Nicola Gale)
With a contribution from Amanda Hall
Exploring eating disorders (with Amanda Hall)
With a contribution from Sheelagh Strawbridge
Conclusion (with Sheelagh Strawbridge)

Good range of presenting issues covered, excellent book for completing assignments and good use of case studies throughout

Ms Deana Friel
Health and Social Care, North West Regional College
June 25, 2020

This is a great introductory text for trainees and potential trainees to give them an up close a personal sense of typically presenting cases in psychotherapy, covering a diverse range of poignant illustrative examples.

Ms Barbara Elizabeth Hannigan
School of Psychology, University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin
August 27, 2015

This book provides a useful guide to working with different presenting issues.

Mrs Julie Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
February 20, 2015

This is a good introductory book but it could have done with more details and seemed a bit thin on theory.

Professor Zelda Knight
Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg
January 29, 2015

This is a very comprehensive book and clearly written for all students.

Professor Zelda Knight
Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg
January 19, 2015

I enjoyed this topical and very accessible volume, which I think will appeal to our final year students, who are already engaging in therapeutic practice. It offers clear clinical input, with case study vignettes which help to bring theory to life.

Mrs Valerie Sanders
Counselor Education , University of Greenwich
December 17, 2014

Useful book with clear text

Dr Sue Hacking
Nursing , University of Central Lancashire
December 10, 2014

The authors successfully give a distinct counselling psychology perspective on the sorts of distress that we routinely see in our consulting rooms. It integrates theory and practice in a concise way that will be invaluable for trainees and qualified psychological therapists who have to negotiate the gaps between diagnostic criteria and clinical experience.

Dr Julianna Challenor
Department of Psychology, City University
September 22, 2014

More useful for me as a teaching to remember what the students might not yet be aware of, and will be mentioning the book as a contextualising text if they want an overview, or 'feel' for the presenting issue.

Dr Sarah Taylor
Counselling & Psychotherapy with Children and Young People , Northern Guild of Psychotherapy
September 20, 2014

This is quite an intriguing book in that it tries to bring together the medical and nonmedical models in looking at therapeutic approaches to common problems. The chapters are (ironically as acknowledged by the authors) titled according to the medical model. Each chapter then gives some historical context of the condition followed by a section on dilemmas and then a section on research and practice. These sections are usually written by different authors with quite different writing styles. I did get something out of reading this book but I found all the sections for each condition quite fragmented and selective. Having read it, it seemed quite bitty and I didn't feel it had achieved the integrative and holistic picture I was hoping for. On the plus side I felt it helped me understand the "conflict" between the medical and nonmedical models more clearly. Also, despite the fragmentation, it does give a more rounded picture of common presenting issues than the psychopathology books commonly consulted.

Ms Linda Morison
Psychology , Surrey University
July 29, 2014

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