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I have just completed a Diploma in Intigrated Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I can honestly say that although this book was not suggested on my reading list it was by far the most useful book I encountered during my studies and provided me with useful reading for each essay and case study I conducted. This easy to read reference guide is best used on an 'as and when' basis for research on specifics, and I certainlly wouldn't suggest trying to read it from cover to cover as as a whole it would be very heavy going. When read in snippits however it is much easier to digest! The book gives the different methods used in Counselling Psychology research, and offers a detailed chapter on each of the most popular approaches to Counselling, e.g. Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioural, etc and also offers a chaper on the idea of using all the theories appropriately in an integrative approach. There are chapters on interventions for various age groups, and other circumstances such as counselling in the work place, in primary care, group therapy, and therapy for lesbian and gay clients. There is also some very useful information on ethics and professional development. The theories are explained well, and evidence to support their use and examples are given. Where required theories and models have been explained using easy to follow diagrams. The book also offers examples of forms you may use with clients, and in what instances certain therapeutic methods may be appropriate. Overall a very useful book for thoses studying, and those counsellors already in practice.