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Best books on counselling: a personal choice

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:177
  1. Richard Churchill,
  2. Simon Cocksedge

    Counselling has different meanings for different people. At one extreme it may suggest giving advice and information in a brief discussion, while at the other it can imply a long term formal therapeutic intervention based on dialogue. Doctors are likely to regard the use of basic listening/counselling skills in the first context as part of their daily work. The second, engaging in a continuing counselling process, is generally the province of trained counsellors.

    Counsellors have been increasingly employed in all parts of the NHS during the past decade. They are particularly valued in primary care, where so much psychosocial morbidity presents. All health professionals need to understand the role of counselling, the circumstances in which it is appropriate, and its potential benefits and limitations.

    Understanding counselling

    Integrative Counselling Skills in Action. S Culley. (£9.95.) Sage, 1991. ISBN 0 8039 82771.

    ** The Theory and Practice of Counselling Psychology. R Nelson-Jones. (£19.99.) Cassell, 1982. ISBN 0 304 31500 1.

    ** Handbook of Individual Therapy. Ed W Dryden. (£16.95.) Sage, 1996. ISBN 0 8039 …

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