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Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Systems, Strategies, and Skills offers an innovative look at emerging and well-established counseling theories. Organizing theories into four broad themes (Background, Emotions, Thoughts, and Actions), authors underscore key similarities and differences in each approach. Moving beyond a traditional theories book, chapters include skill development sections that connect counseling theories with clinical practice. Fully revised, this edition brings a stronger multicultural focus, includes over 400 new research references, and offers new activities to sharpen clinical understanding.
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About the Author
Linda Seligman, Ph.D.
Dr. Linda Seligman received a PhD in counseling psychology from Columbia University. Her primary research interests included diagnosis and treatment planning as well as counseling people with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Dr. Seligman was a professor at George Mason University for 25 years. She served as co-director of the doctoral program in education, coordinator of the Counseling Development Program, associate chair of the School of Education, and head of the Community Agency Counseling Program. She was later named professor emeritus. Dr. Seligman also served as associate at John Hopkins University as a faculty member in counseling psychology at Walden University.
During her lifetime, Dr. Seligman authored 14 books, including Selecting Effective Treatment; Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling; Developmental Career Counseling and Assessment; and Promoting a Fighting Spirit: Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Their Families. She also wrote more than 80 professional articles and book chapters. She lectured throughout the United States as well as internationally on diagnosis and treatment planning and was recognized for her expertise on that subject. In 1990, the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) designated Dr. Seligman as Researcher of the Year. In 2007, AMHCA honored her with the title of Counselor Educator of the Year.
Lourie W. Reichenberg, MA, NCC, LPC
Lourie W. Reichenberg is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia. She is also a therapist and clinical supervisor at The Women’s Center in Vienna, Virginia. She earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Marymount University where she is currently an adjunct in the School of Education and Human Services. She has taught crisis counseling, abnormal psychology, and counseling theories at the graduate and undergraduate level. She is completing certification in emotionally focused couples therapy.
Reichenberg is currently a member of the CrisisLink LOSS team, which provides assistance in the community after a suicide has occurred. She served on the CrisisLink Board of Directors from 2003 to 2006, and is on the organization’s Advisory Council. She is a past editor of the Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors, and was the editor of the Journal of the College and University Personnel Association from 1988 to 1993. She coauthored Selecting Effective Treatments (2007) with Dr. Seligman, has published many professional articles including “Grief and Loss,” a chapter in the forthcoming book Crisis Counseling (in press), and has edited more than 30 books and monographs. Her primary interests include crisis counseling, grief and loss, and helping individuals, couples, and families cope with life transitions. She approaches her work as a therapist, educator, and community volunteer, from a humanistic, person-centered, and emotionally focused perspective.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: PROVIDING EFFECTIVE COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
1. Contexts of Effective Treatment
PART TWO: TREATMENT SYSTEMS EMPHASIZING BACKGROUND
2. Overview of Background-Focused Treatment Systems
3. Sigmund Freud and Classic Psychoanalysis
4. Alfred Adler and Individual Psychology
5. Post- and Neo-Freudians: Analytical Psychology, Ego Psychology, Object Relations, and Self Psychology
6. Brief Psychodynamic Therapy
PART THREE: TREATMENT SYSTEMS EMPHASIZING EMOTIONS AND SENSATIONS
7. Overview of Emotion-Focused Treatment Systems
8. Carl Rogers and Person-Centered Counseling
9. Existential Therapy
10. Gestalt Therapy
11. Emerging Approaches Emphasizing Emotions and Sensations
PART FOUR: TREATMENT SYSTEMS EMPHASIZING THOUGHTS
12. Overview of Thought-Focused Treatment Systems
13. Albert Ellis and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
14. Aaron Beck and Cognitive Therapy
PART FIVE: TREATMENT SYSTEMS EMPHASIZING ACTIONS
15. Overview of Action-Focused Treatment Systems
16. Behavior Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
17. Reality Therapy
PART SIX: OTHER TREATMENT APPROACHES
18. Family Systems Approaches
19. Integrative Therapies
20. Solidifying Understanding of Treatment Systems