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This bestseller offers a accomplished creation to the idea and perform of counselling and psychotherapy.

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4 Counselling depends on the creation of a relationship between two people, which is sufficiently secure to allow the person seeking help to explore issues that are painful and troubling. 5 The person seeking counselling possesses strengths and resources that can be channelled in the service of resolving a problem in living. The act of seeking counselling is not viewed as an indicator of personal deficiency or pathology. 6 The person in the role of counsellor does not necessarily possess special training or knowledge of psychological theories – counselling is grounded in ordinary human qualities such as a capacity to listen, sensitivity to the experience of others, personal integrity and resourcefulness in solving the difficulties that arise in everyday life.

At first, the asylums were seen as places where lunatics could be contained, and attempts at therapeutic intervention were rare. In a few asylums run by Quakers – for example, Tuke at the York Asylums – there evolved what was known as ‘moral treatment’ (Scull 1981b). In most institutions, however, lunatics were treated like animals and kept in appalling conditions. The Bethlem Hospital in London, for instance, was open to the public, who could enter to watch the lunatics for a penny a time. During this early period of the growth of the asylums movement, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the medical profession had relatively little interest in the insane.

The degree of similarity and difference between counselling and psychotherapy has been the focus of considerable debate. , Germany, where there is a movement to use ‘Beratung’ as the equivalent to ‘counselling’). Within the English language community, two contrasting positions have dominated this debate: ● A clear distinction can be made between counselling and psychotherapy. The argument here is that, although there is a certain amount of overlap between the theories and methods of counsellors and psychotherapists, and the type of clients that they see, there is nevertheless a fundamental difference between the two, with psychotherapy representing a deeper, more fundamental level of work, over a longer period, usually with more disturbed clients.

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