A key book in the Basic Texts in Counselling and Psychotherapy series, this is an accessible introduction to the benefits and applications of systemic therapy with individuals. It builds upon build the growing interest in this approach which, unlike many other therapeutic approaches, can effectively be employed as a meta-theory whilst practitioners continue to work in another main model, such as cognitive-behavioural or psychodynamic.
This popular text book provides counselling and psychotherapy students, trainees and practitioners new to this approach, with a lively, accessible and thoroughly practical introduction to the key theoretical concepts and techniques of systemic therapy with individuals.
FRAN HEDGES is head of the student counselling service at Roehampton, University of Surrey, UK, and formerly Director at Kensington Consultation Centre (now KCC International), where she set up and taught on the Diploma in Individual Systemic Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Introduction.- Overview of Systemic Theory and Practice.- Social Constructionist Approaches to Emotion and the Self.- The Importance of Context.- Neutrality, Curiosity, Irreverence and Self-Reflexivity.- Hypothesising and Creating Systemic Stories.- Circular Questioning.- Future Dreaming and Appreciating Abilities.- Tracking an Episode.- Change: Co-Creating New Stories.- Conclusion.- Glossary.- Appendix I: Introductory Consultation Pro-Forma.- Appendix II: An Example of Writing Non-Linear Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.