An Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling

by Laurence Spurling
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Laurence Spurling An Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling
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This key book in the Basic Texts in Counselling and Psychotherapy series is an authoritative and accessible introduction to psychodynamic counselling and its basic principles. The author, Laurence Spurling, is a leading figure in the discipline and, here, he examines the underlying psychodynamic approach, its main theoretical ideas and principles of practice, the techniques associated with it and ways of thinking about the conduct of counselling.

Looking at two major themes in particular, namely the involvement of counsellors working with clients with severe emotional and psychological problems and the influence of organisational settings on counselling work, this book is an essential guide for students and practitioners of counselling or psychotherapy, along with those from other professions, such as nurses and teachers, who are called upon to use counselling skills in their work.


Laurence Spurling

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Illustrations Note:

  • Provides a solid grounding in the basics of a theoretical approach

  • Draws on a broad range of theoretical perspectives and illustrated by a wealth of case

  • Distils key concepts and ideas from psychoanalysis

  • Explores evidence-based practice, supervision, and the different stages of counselling


  • Includes a brand-new chapter on developing competence in working with social difference and diversity within the therapeutic relationship

  • Discusses the different phases of counselling work, from referral through to the final session and beyond

  • Examines the role of organisational settings in therapists’ everyday practice, providing insight into managing institutional demands

  • Explores the challenges of working with clients with more severe emotional and psychological problems

Media Type:
Macmillan Education
Biography Artist:

Laurence Spurling initially trained as a social worker, and now works as a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at Birkbeck College, University of London, as a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist in the National Health Service, and in private practice as a psychotherapist.

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This engaging and accessible text explores the key assumptions, main theoretical ideas and principles of practice behind psychodynamic counselling. Looking at evidence-based practice, supervision, and the different stages of counselling, this new edition continues to be a valuable text for counsellors and psychotherapists from all disciplines.

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Product Type:
Paperback book
Release date:
January 13, 2017
Package Dimensions:
0.211 x 0.138 x 0.016 m; 0.265 kg
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