Essential Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
The book demonstrates theories in action through intentional, ethical, culturally-sensitive interviewing examples and exercises. It closes the gap between theory and practice through reflective exercises, case studies, in-class activities, and engaging video demonstrations. Relevant multicultural and microskills, plus neuroscience information are integrated into each chapter.
Intended for an undergraduate audience, Essential Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy is an ideal foundational text for courses in human services, behavioral healthcare, counseling, marriage and family therapy, pastoral counseling, psychology programs, rehabilitation services programs, social services, substance use and addictions programs, and social work programs interested in counseling and psychotherapy theories.
Óscar F. Gonçalves, Ph.D.
Neuropsychophysiology Lab, School of Psychology, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar
Spaulding Neuromodulation Center
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School
“This is a foundational textbook for aspiring counselors and psychotherapists; it will serve them extremely well in their journey to become empathic, intentional, culturally competent, humble practitioners. The authors have masterfully distilled decades of theoretical developments, research and practice to achieve an insightful, readily accessible, integrative account of what makes counseling and psychotherapy work. Readers are actively engaged through relevant, reflective exercises that will help them clarify their own stances vis-à-vis some of the most complex matters they are bound to face as mental health practitioners.”
Andrés J. Consoli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
University of California Santa Barbara
“[This book] provides a refreshing resource to aid in the teaching of foundational theories of counseling and psychotherapy. This text emphasizes modern applications of traditional theories with an emphasis on multiculturalism and neuroscience. The accessible language, reflective exercises, and relevant examples of this text will surely be a go-to resource for educators and students alike.”
Eric T. Beeson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, CRC
Core Faculty, The Family Institute at Northwestern University
“The authors had me at “healing”: the word they include in the introductory lines of the Preface of their book.
Whilst this excellent and substantial book may have been created to be primarily a textbook for students and teachers in the counseling and psychotherapeutic fields, it is both rich and enriching with information, reflection and practice exercises, tables, diagrams, photos, and more - which makes it a gem of a book for anyone interested in helping themselves and others they care about.
It is pleasure to read and refer to “Essential Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy”, with its clear structure, description of specific chapter goals in each chapter, its consideration of the importance of multicultural awareness and the how-to’s, incorporation of up to date research and solid descriptions of foundational approaches in the counseling and psychotherapeutic world, and opportunities for the reader to self-reflect in addition to considering applications in the real world of the valuable material presented.
With ease, and elegance, the core prerequisites for understanding the variety of paths to mental, emotional and behavioral well-being are provided, under a broad umbrella of integration, empathy and care.
Many books about counseling and psychotherapy offer a breadth of information as this one does, yet this one stands out with its implicit and explicit encouragement of readers to not only think about finding solutions to issues that are presented by clients and others who we care about, but to also have the intention to heal, not just to ‘fix’. Compassion rules!
Written by three of the most recognized and respected practitioners and teachers in the counseling field, this is a remarkable book that can not only powerfully and directly help those who read it, but will also indirectly help the people that those readers will more effectively help - thanks to what they learn from Carlos Zalaquett, Allen Ivey and Mary Bradford Ivey.”
Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, Adjunct Professor Columbia University TC, Psychologist, Mental Health
Counselor, Author, Presenter
“Zalaquett, Ivey, and Ivey have written a comprehensive, detailed, and well thought-out book that combines theory, research, and innovative approaches to psychotherapy and counseling. I found the book particularly useful because it bridges the gap between the “traditional” and its applications in today’s multicultural and neuroscience worlds, which requires more expanded ways of interpreting and implementing theories from strength-based perspectives. Their ability to honor the historical underpinnings of psychotherapy theories, while making these theories relevant to racial/ethnic, gender and social justices issues, is what makes this book unique, but also highly relevant. There are few books available that provide this level of detail, without losing readers to discussions of theory that are often hard for students to translate from the classroom to the community. The examples, exercises, and real-world scenarios presented throughout the book will allow students to transfer theory into community action, beyond just individual psychotherapy and counseling.”
Miguel E. Gallardo, Psy.D. Professor of Psychology
Director, Aliento, The Center for Latina/o Communities
Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology