The Professional Therapist

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Edition 2, 2017

Adolescence is a primary developmental period set between childhood and the adult years and characterised by major changes at all levels of being, from the sweeping physiological changes through emotional and cognitive developments to major shifts in how relationships are conducted: all from a radically evolving sense of personal identity (Evans et al, 2005). It should be no surprise, then, that the teenager - with fairly minimal life experience as a guide - is hugely vulnerable to mood swings and worse. Many chronic or recurring mental disorders, such as major depressive disorder, many of the varieties of anxiety conditions, and conduct disorder begin around this time (Harrington, 2002). This edition explores how counsellors can help young people cope with the challenges of teen-age.


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Edition 1 2017

This edition explores what may be involved in the counselling of parents around issues they face with their children. It addresses the signs and symptoms that are likely to indicate to parents that professional assistance may be required and clarifies for counsellors and other mental health professionals the motivations, expectations, hopes, fears, emotions, and goals that parents typically bring with them into the therapy room.


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Edition 4 2016

Given the high psychological as well as social and economic burden associated with Major Depressive Episode (MDD), the prevention of relapse must be a high priority for health systems. But, if a person has already experienced anti-depressant medication and possibly regular therapy as well, what options might work to stop the sad cycle of relapse? One therapeutic response which has demonstrated efficacy for the prevention of relapse in recurrent depression is that of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.


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Edition 3 2016

Interpersonal Therapy was originally developed to use as an intervention in research studies, but its demonstrated efficacy has seen its use extend to numerous clinical applications. Because it is a time-limited, but interpersonally-focused therapy, IPT is attractive to health insurers and clients alike.


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Edition 2 2016

How can you, as a therapist, ethically navigate through the alien landscape of counselling's Digital Age? In this edition, we identify both possibilities and risks for the therapeutic relationship made possible by recent online technologies, and examine how therapists can maintain appropriate boundaries within the context of electronic communication and social media.


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Edition 1 2016

After someone has been exposed to a traumatic event, he or she may experience significant distress and/or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. In this edition, we define and describe trauma; explore the DSM-5 descriptions of ASD and PTSD; and look at how CBT interventions may help traumatised clients.


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