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Best Counselling Books You Must Read

Looking for the best Counselling books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (2013)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadThoroughly updated to reflect the latest trends in theory and practice, this this substantially revised and extended edition is the most in-depth and wide-ranging textbook available on person-centred psychotherapy and counselling.
Author(s): Mick Cooper , Maureen O’Hara, et al.

Counselling Adolescents: The Proactive Approach for Young People (2015)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadThis is the definitive guide to counselling adolescents. Now in its fourth edition, this bestseller has introduced thousands of trainees and practitioners to the theory, principals, skills and techniques of proactively counselling this client group.   New to the fourth edition:   – A new chapter on the contemporary context of adolescence, exploring the challenges, opportunities and influences facing young people today.
Author(s): Kathryn Geldard

Basic Counseling Techniques: A Beginning Therapist’s Tool Kit (2008)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadWayne Perry has been a therapist for more than thirty years, but he still hears the same thing from beginning counselors and therapists: Yes, I know what the theory says, but what do I do with this particular client? Drawing on his decades of experience training marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and pastoral counselors, he answers that question in the updated edition of his landmark book: Basic Counseling Techniques.
Author(s): Wayne Perry

Skills in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy Third Edition (Skills in Counselling & Psychotherapy Series) (2017)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadThis best-selling classic has guided thousands of students and practitioners step-by-step through the skills and theory of the person-centred approach.
Author(s): Janet Tolan

Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma (Essential Skills for Counselling) (2013)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadThis is a skills-based manual filled with practical and applied approaches for counsellors and professionals working with complex trauma. Written in an accessible and hands-on style, the book begins by giving an introduction to trauma, then moves on to issues such as how to manage trauma symptoms, through to post traumatic growth and self-care.
Author(s): Christiane Sanderson

Qualitative Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2011)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadThe need to show how and why counselling works has led to an explosion of research activity, and a growing focus on research in counselling and psychotherapy teaching and practice. Yet this book, even now in its second edition, stands alone in addressing qualitative research in therapy. Leading expert, John McLeod helps readers through each stage of the research process, explaining techniques for gathering data, writing up the study and evaluating the findings.
Author(s): John Mcleod

Skills in Gestalt Counselling & Psychotherapy (Skills in Counselling & Psychotherapy Series) (2018)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadThis practical guide to the gestalt approach has successfully introduced thousands of trainee therapists to the essential skills needed in gestalt practice. The authors offer practical guidance on the entire process of therapy including setting up the therapeutic session, creating a working alliance, assessment and treatment direction, managing risk, supervision, adopting a research approach, and managing difficult encounters. The Fourth Edition has been updated to include:
Author(s): Phil Joyce, Charlotte Sills

The Handbook of Counselling Children & Young People (2018)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadLecturers request your electronic inspection copy here Expert authors from a wide range of backgrounds bring together the fundamentals of counselling practice with children and young people in this landmark handbook.
Author(s): Maggie Robson, Sue Pattison

Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy in Practice (2012)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadOffering a concrete framework and practical methods for working from an existential perspective, the bestselling is now in its . Central to the book is the belief that many of our problems arise out of the essential paradoxes of human existence, rather than from personal pathology.
Author(s): Van Deurzen, Emmy

Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse (2008)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadCounselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse explains how counsellors can facilitate recovery from domestic abuse within a secure, supportive therapeutic relationship.There has been growing awareness in recent years of the impact and consequences of domestic abuse, especially the relationship between domestic abuse and mental health.
Author(s): Christiane Sanderson

Harper’s Practical Genetic Counselling, Eighth Edition (2019)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadHighly valued across the world by genetic counsellors, medical geneticists and other healthcare professionals, Harper’s Practical Genetic Counselling has established itself over previous editions as the essential guide to counselling those at risk from inherited disorders.
Author(s): Angus Clarke

Islamic Counselling (2015)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadIslamic counselling is a form of counselling which incorporates spirituality into the therapeutic process. Until now there has been little material available on the subject with no one agreed definition of Islamic counselling and what it involves. There has also been a rapidly growing population of Muslims in Western societies with a corresponding rise in need of psychological and counselling services.
Author(s): G. Hussein Rassool

Practical Genetic Counselling 7th Edition (2010)

 Best Counselling Books You Must Read‘Easy to use, and useful when kept close at hand in the room where you work.
Author(s): Peter Harper

Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2017)

 Best Counselling Books You Must ReadEagerly awaited by many counsellors and psychotherapists, this new edition includes an updated preface, new content on recent research and new developments and debates around relational depth, and new case studies.   This groundbreaking text goes to the very heart of the therapeutic meeting between therapist and client.
Author(s): Dave Mearns, Mick Cooper

Best Counselling Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some counselling books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Supporting Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Research

Author(s): Sofie Bager-Charleson, Alistair McBeath
ID: 3624864, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2023, Size: 8 Mb, Format: pdf

EBOOK: Counselling Skills: Theory, Research and Practice

Author(s): John McLeod; Julia McLeod
ID: 3301858, Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK), Year: 2022, Size: 14 Mb, Format: pdf

Experiential Therapy from Trauma to Post-traumatic Growth: Therapeutic Spiral Model Psychodrama

Author(s): Kate Hudgins, Steven William Durost
ID: 3372366, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2022, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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