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Therapy and Beyond: Counselling Psychology Contributions to Therapeutic and Social Issues

Martin Milton (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-79758-7
346 pages
October 2010
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Therapy and Beyond: Counselling Psychology Contributions to Therapeutic and Social Issues presents an overview of the origins, current practices, and potential future of the discipline of counselling psychology. 
  • Presents an up-to-date review of the knowledge base behind the discipline of counselling psychology that addresses the notion of human wellbeing and critiques the concept of ‘psychopathology’
  • Includes an assessment of the contributions that counselling psychology makes to understanding people as individuals, in their working lives, and in wider social domains
  • Offers an overview of counselling psychology's contributions beyond the consulting room, including practices in the domain of spirituality, the arts and creative media, and the environmental movement
  • Critiques contemporary challenges facing research as well as the role that research methods have in responding to questions about humanity and individual experience
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.



Introduction: Therapy and Beyond: Counseling Psychology Contributions to Therapeutic and Social Issues.

Section 1: Fundamentals of Counseling Psychology.

1 Philosophical Pluralism: Navigating the Sea of Diversity in Psychotherapeutic and Counseling Psychology Practice (Donal McAteer).

2 Existential-phenomenological Contributions to Counseling Psychology’s Relational Framework (Elena Manafi).

3 Counseling Psychology and Research: Revisiting the Relationship in the Light of Our ‘Mission’ (Deborah Rafalin).

4 Understanding Human Distress: Moving beyond the Concept of ‘Psychopathology’ (Martin Milton, Mark Craven and Adrian Coyle).

5 Being with Humans: An Evolutionary Framework for the Therapeutic Relationship (Frances Gillies).

6 Ethics: The Fundamental Dimension of Counseling Psychology (Camilla Olsen).

Section 2: Models of Practice.

7 Different Theoretical Differences and Contextual Influences (Riccardo Draghi-Lorenz).

8 Humanistic Contributions to Pluralistic Practice (Heidi Ashley).

9 Psychodynamic Contributions to Pluralistic Practice (Debora Diamond).

10 Cognitive-behavioural Contributions to Pluralistic Practice: Reflections on an Issue of Some Contention (Terry Boucher).

11 Amor Fati: Existential Contributions to Pluralistic Practice (Elena Manafi).

Section 3: Counseling Psychology and the Wider World.

12 The Counseling Psychologist Working in a Pain Context (Natalie Hession).

13 Working with Sport and Exercise Psychologists: A Winning Combination? (Jill Owen).

14 The ‘R’ Word (Joanna Lofthouse).

15 Counseling Psychology Contributions to Understanding Sexuality (Colin Hicks).

16 Counseling Psychology Contributions to Religion and Spirituality (Adrian Coyle).

17 Counseling Psychology and the Media: The Highs and Lows (Lucy Atcheson).

18 Coming Home to Roost: Counseling Psychology and the Natural World (Martin Milton).

Epilogue: And Finally… .


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Author Information

MARTIN MILTON is based in the Department of Psychology at the University of Surrey. He is a chartered psychologist, a British Psychological Society (BPS) psychologist specializing in psychotherapy, and a UKCP registered psychotherapist Martin worked in the British National Health Service and currently runs his own independent practice He has also been active in the BPS Division of Counseling Psychology.
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‘Anyone who needs to be convinced of the relevance and contribution of counselling psychology to modern therapeutic practice and to its vibrancy, creativity and penetration into contemporary contexts should look no further than this excellent book. It breaks new ground by challenging the reader – both trainees and experienced practitioners alike – to critically reflect on the diverse practice and meanings of modern counselling psychology and psychotherapy. Martin Milton and his colleagues are to be congratulated on this groundbreaking book.’—Professor Robert Bor, Lead Consultant Psychologist, Royal Free Hospital London and Director, Dynamic Change Consultants Ltd

‘Staff and alumni from Surrey University have written about aspects of counselling psychology ranging from spirituality, sexuality, the arts and creative media, and the environment. Contemporary challenges regarding research into human individual experiences are also explored. Chapters are characterised by their depth of writing in the discipline of counselling psychology, which is in contrast to current unitheoretical and sometimes manualised ways of working with human distress.’—Pamela E. James, Professor of Counselling Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

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