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Preliminary reading for prospective counselling and psychotherapy students

Thinking of applying to one of our courses? Take a look at our reading lists, covering both the humanistic and psychodynamic approaches.

If you want to gain an understanding of the humanistic approach, you may wish to read some of the following texts:

  • Bazzano M. and Webb J. (2016) Therapy and the Counter-Tradition: The edge of philosophy Routledge
  • Bott D. and Howard P. (2012) The Therapeutic Encounter: A Cross Modality Approach Sage
  • Largo C. and Charura D. (Eds) (2016) Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Handbook. Origins, Developments and Applications Open University Press
  • Mearns D., Thorne B. McLeod J. (2013) Person-Centred Counselling in Action Sage
  • Proctor G. (2017) Dynamics of Power in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Ethics, Politics and Practice (2nd Ed.) PCCS Books
  • Sanders P. (2012) Tribes of the person-centred nation; a guide to the schools of therapy related to the person-centred approach (2nd Ed) Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books
  • Casemore R. (20110) Person-Centred Counselling in a Nutshell Sage
  • Wilkins P. (2015) Person-Centred and Experiential Therapies: contemporary approaches and issues in practice Sage

If you want to gain some understanding of the psychodynamic approach, you may wish to read some of the following texts:

    • Casement, P. (1985) Learning from the Patient
    • Freud, S. (1991) Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
    • Bott, D. & Howard, P. (2012) The Therapeutic Encounter: A Cross-Modality Approach
    • Howard, S. (2006) Psychodynamic Counselling in a Nutshell
    • Jacobs, M. (2004) Psychodynamic Counselling in Action
    • McLeod, J. (2003) An Introduction to Counselling
    • Spurling, L. (2009) An Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling

Go to our Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy PGDip course page.

Go to our Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy PGDip course page.

Go to our Psychotherapy MSc course page.

Go to our Developing a Therapeutic Relationship and Counselling Skills course.

 

 

 

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Lizzie Amati • November 17, 2021


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