Dryden's Handbook of Individual Therapy

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Windy Dryden
SAGE, 2007 - Medical - 566 pages
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`[This is] a book which accepts and even celebrates the diversity of ideas in the field. It stimulates interest and informs. It stirs up debates, and leaves the reader to continue to think about them... an important book, not to be missed by any serious counselling student or practitioner′ - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

Praise for the Fourth Edition:

`[This] is a well-written, comprehensive core textbook that can be recommended not only to counselling psychology and psychotherapy trainees, to guide them through their training, but also to practising professionals to act as a reference textbook to draw upon when needed′ - Stefania Grbcic, Counselling Psychology Review

′Covering history, theory, primary client set and strengths and weaknesses for each of thirteen different approaches, the book makes an excellent starting point for exploring different schools of thought in more detail′ - Counsellingresource.com

`This is a very well structured text with thorough coverage and interesting material. The text links theory to practice and offers invaluable knowledge to all professionals and students of various schools of psychotherapy′ - lecturer

`A valuable resource for students′ - lecturer

`At last! An informative text with some depth. Easily accessible. Extremely useful′ - lecturer

Dryden′s Handbook of Individual Therapy is now a classic text for trainees in counselling and psychotherapy. This newly updated fifth edition presents a comprehensive overview of the key approaches to individual therapy practice, including three new chapters on narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy and integrative and eclectic approaches.

Written by experts in their own therapeutic fields, the book introduces the principles and methods of individual therapy concisely and accessibly. Following a clearly defined structure, each chapter outlines one approach in detail and provides case examples to illustrate how that approach works in practice.

Each form of therapy is described in terms of:

- its historical context

- the main theoretical assumptions

- the mode of practice

- which clients will benefit most

- the general strengths and limitations of the approach

Further chapters place counselling and psychotherapy in their social context, explore training and supervision and relate research to individual therapy practice.

Dryden′s Handbook of Individual Therapy, Fifth Edition is designed for those in training in counselling, psychotherapy, counselling psychology and other helping professions such as nursing, social work and education. It will be invaluable for novice therapists looking for an overall picture of individual therapy practice, as well as for experienced therapists interested in learning about alternative approaches.

Windy Dryden currently works at Goldsmiths College where he is Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies as well as being the programme co-ordinator of the MSc in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and the Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy



Individual Therapy in Context
Psychodynamic Therapy The Freudian Approach
Psychodynamic Therapy The Kleinian Approach
Psychodynamic Therapy The Jungian Approach
Adlerian Therapy
Personcentred Therapy
Personal Construct Therapy
Existential Therapy
Cognitive Therapy
Behaviour Therapy
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
SolutionFocused Therapy
Narrative Therapy
Integrative and Eclectic Approaches
Methods Outcomes and Processes in the Psychological Therapies across Four Successive Research Generations
The Training and Supervision of Individual Therapists

Gestalt Therapy
Transactional Analysis
Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Chapter Structure

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About the author (2007)

Windy Dryden is one of the leading practitioners and trainers in the UK in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tradition of psychotherapy. He is best known for his work in Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RECBT), a leading CBT approach. He has been working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy since 1975 and was one of the first people in Britain to be trained in CBT. He has published over 200 books and has trained therapists all over the world, in as diverse places as the UK, the USA, South Africa, Turkey and Israel. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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