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Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Individual and Relational Approaches

Author: Robert Rocco Cottone PhD

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A unique and useful overview of important approaches to counseling and psychotherapy by an expert author and educator. Focusing on contemporary approaches and practical applications, it is a must-have for students and clinicians alike.

This innovative new text presents a comprehensive review of major theories of counseling and psychotherapy using four paradigms: organic-medical, psychological, systemic/relational, and social constructivist. Designed to be accessible and relevant to practice, the book reinforces learning with the inclusion of objectives, chapter summaries, applications of each theory in practice, and brief biographies of major theorists.

The text moves beyond traditional approaches with expansive coverage of relationship-centered and postmodern theories such as Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and others. Each theory is explored in depth in a student-entor dialogue that examines and debates the challenges that arise with each theory. The book also addresses the counseling role in psychiatric case management, reflecting the growing reality of cross-professional collaboration.

Practical yet rigorous, the text is a state-of-the-art introduction to contemporary approaches in counseling and psychotherapy for students in counseling, social work, professional psychology, marriage and family therapy, and related professions.

Key Features:

  • Delivers comprehensive coverage of relationship-centered counseling theories
  • Addresses contemporary approaches in depth, including postmodern theories and psychiatric case management
  • Presents material in a unified voice by an expert teacher and researcher in the field
  • Consistently presents goals, process, counselor role, assessment, management, ideal outcomes, and criticisms pertinent to each approach
  • Provides learning objectives, key terms, concluding summaries, and brief biographies of major theorists
  • Includes unique mentor-student dialogues at the end of each chapter that explore, conversationally, the significance of each theory and its application to practice

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 24, 2017
  • Page Count 330
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826168658
  • EISBN 9780826168665

About The Author(s) 

Robert Rocco Cottone, PhD, is a professor of counseling in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Missouri—Columbia, and he earned a PhD from St. Louis University. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Missouri and a licensed psychologist in Missouri and Arizona. He is certified as a health service provider psychologist by the Missouri psychology licensure authority, and as a family therapist (CFT) by the National Credentialing Academy. Dr. Cottone has written more than 100 articles and chapters, many on theoretical and philosophical issues in counseling and psychology, and he has published six books. He has practiced as a counselor and psychologist for more than 30 years. He is married and has five children, which he counts as his greatest accomplishments. He can be contacted by e-mail at: cottone@umsl.edu

Table of Contents 





Part I. Introduction

1. Overview of Theories and Paradigms of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Part II. Organic-Medical and Psychological Paradigm Approaches

2. Psychiatric Case Management

3. Psychoanalysis: Breaking New Ground

4. Adlerian Therapy: The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler

Robert Rocco Cottone and Holly H. Wagner

5. Person-Centered Therapy

6. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

7. Gestalt Therapy

8. Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Part III. Systemic-Relational Paradigm Approaches

9. Conjoint Family Therapy: Breaking New Ground

10. Strategic Problem Solving Therapy

11. Structural Family Therapy

Part IV. Social Constructivism Paradigm Approaches

12. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Breaking New Ground

13. Narrative Therapy

Ryan Thomas Neace, Christina E. Thaier, and Zachary Polk

14. Cognitive Consensual Therapy

Part V. Cross-Paradigm Approaches

15. Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Amanda K. Bohnenstiehl

16. Emotion-Focused Therapy

Andrea R. Cox

Part VI. Conclusion

17. The Future of Counseling and Psychotherapy