There is an increased emphasis on self awareness and self care in counselling and psychotherapy training, with a focus on how the therapist as a person affects the therapeutic outcome. This timely book responds to these complex issues and is designed to help counselling students, trainees and graduates with integrating their personal development into their professional planning. There are chapters on bringing the Self into therapy, choosing the right training and how to succeed as an accredited practitioner. Activities and research summaries throughout give this book a fully-integrated approach ideal for busy students.
Sofie Bager-Charleson is a psychotherapist, supervisor and writer. She draws from psychoanalytic, existential and cognitive behavioural theory with a particular interest in postmodern influences on therapy. She holds a PhD from Lund University in Sweden, where she specialised in attachment issues within families and reflective practice amongst teachers. She writes both fiction and non-fiction. She works as an academic adviser for psychotherapists on the work based doctorate programme, DPsych with Metanoia/Middlesex University. She runs workshops and courses in therapeutic practice, reflective and creative writing, in both Sweden and England.
Introduction What is Personal Development? The 'Good Enough' Therapist Trust and Support for Personal and Professional Growth The Anatomy of Healing Theory and The Therapist as a Person Accountability and Transparency Placing Ourselves in Context: Research as a Personal Narrative - Marie Adams A Therapeutic Journey Across Cultural and Linguistic Borderlands - Beverley Costa Being a Listener with a Voice Taking Charge of Your Own Learning and Development Conclusion