By John Mcleod
This bestseller presents a complete creation to the idea and perform of counselling and psychotherapy.
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The possession and use of heroin, for example, is seen by most people as morally wrong, and has been made a criminal offence. The counsellor working with a heroin addict, therefore, is not merely exploring ways of living more satisfyingly and resourcefully, but is mediating between competing social definitions of what an acceptable ‘way of living’ entails. In other fields of addiction counselling, such as food, alcohol and cigarette abuse, the behaviour in question is heavily reinforced by advertising paid for by the slimming, drink and tobacco industries.
Effective counsellors are responsive and creative in their capacity to find out what will be most helpful for each individual client. indb 10 ● Insight. The acquisition of an understanding of the origins and development of emotional difficulties, leading to an increased capacity to take rational control over feelings and actions. ● Relating with others. Becoming better able to form and maintain meaningful and satisfying relationships with other people: for example, within the family or workplace.
Other critics, such as Masson (1992) and the contributors to Bates (2006) argue that the apparently benign image of therapy conceals a significant amount of exploitative and damaging practice, arising from the power imbalance between therapists and their clients. Psychotherapy comes of age in the USA One of the most influential writers on the history of psychotherapy has been Philip Cushman (1990, 1992, 1995), who has argued that underlying cultural factors in American culture and society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries represented ideal conditions for the expansion of psychotherapy.
An Introduction to Counselling, Fifth Edition by John Mcleod