Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Systems, Strategies, and Skills (4e) : 9780132851701

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Systems, Strategies, and Skills (4e)

Seligman & Reichenberg
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in Counseling Theory.


Connect counseling theories with clinical practice.

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Systems, Strategies, and Skills offers an innovative look at emerging and well-established counseling theories. Organising 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.

Table of contents
  • 1.      Contexts of Effective Treatment
  • 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
  • 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
  • 12.  Overview of Thought-Focused Treatment Systems
  • 13.  Albert Ellis and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
  • 14.  Aaron Beck and Cognitive Therapy
  • 15.  Overview of Action-Focused Treatment Systems
  • 16.  Behavior Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • 17.  Reality Therapy
  • 18.  Family Systems Approaches
  • 19.  Integrative Therapies
  • 20.  Solidifying Understanding of Treatment Systems
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Key content changes include:

  • Expanded research coverage includes over 400 new references that validate each treatment approach in the text.
  • More information on cognitive and cognitive-behavioral treatments appears in Chapters 12-16.  
  • New information on psychodynamic psychotherapy, experiential therapies, and interpersonal psychotherapy appears in Chapters 2, 5, 6, 18, and 19.
  • More on the common factors approach appears in Chapter 1 and Chapter 19.
  • A stronger multicultural focus covers Hayes's ADDRESSING acronym and revises multicultural sections in each theoretical chapter.
  • Consolidated coverage of solution-focused therapy appears within Chapter 11 on constructivist theories.
  • A reorganized integrative therapy chapter (Chapter 19) expands discussion of Wachtel's cyclical psychodynamics and the transtheoretical model of change.
  • Expanded treatment of spiritually-integrated approaches appears in this edition.
Features & benefits
  • Organises counseling theories into four broad themes (Background, Emotions, Thoughts, and Actions)—making it easy to compare and contrast theories with similar tenets.
  • Balances well-established and emerging approaches to counseling—including narrative therapy, neurolinguistic programming, eye movement desensitisation, and thought-field therapy.
  • Offers a consistent organisation for each treatment system chapter—including an overview of the approach, a biographical sketch of its developer and then concepts, goals and strategies of each treatment modality.  
  • Includes unique Part VI—that moves beyond individual counseling theories to include chapters on family systems (Chapter 18), integrative therapies (Chapter 19) and alternative treatment approaches (Chapter 20).
  • Develops counseling skills while explaining each counseling theory:
    • Skill development sections teach one or more key skills associated with the treatment system
    • An ongoing case study highlights the Diaz family and shows how theories work with different genders, ages and cultural backgrounds
    • Large-group exercises facilitate discussion and a deeper understanding of each treatment approach
    • Small-group exercises provide practice in essential skill development
    • Individual exercises help readers develop self-awareness and solidify learning
Author biography

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.

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