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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Self Awareness and Personal Development

Resources for Psychotherapists and Counsellors

ISBN 9780230240186
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Personal development is integral to much counselling and psychotherapy training. Self-awareness and critical reflection are also vital for developing effective therapeutic relationships. This uniquely focused sourcebook offers a fascinating range of approaches to the challenging and sometimes elusive task of self-development and self understanding.
The book begins by introducing four core ways of seeing the 'self': as multiple, contextual, open to change, and always in relation
to the 'other'. In its second part, it brings together a range of specialist practitioners to explore different pathways to self understanding. In particular, the book:

  • Features an array of stimuli for thinking about and exploring the self, including music, the written word, visual imagery, the natural environment, transcendence, and body psychotherapy
  • Demonstrates self reflection in action with insightful case examples
  • Draws on a wide range of theory from humanistic, psychodynamic and integrative perspectives
  • Encourages a personal response with discussions, exercises and 'points for reflection' throughout

Self Awareness and Personal Development provides hands-on resources for the ongoing project of exploring the self. It is an invaluable text for students, trainees and practitioners in counselling and psychotherapy.

CHRIS ROSE is a psychotherapist, supervisor and consultant working in private practice and higher education. She has extensive experience in counselling and psychotherapy training as a teacher, group facilitator and course director. She is author of The Personal Development Group: The Students' Guide and is a regular to Therapy Today.

Self Awareness in Psychotherapy and Counselling; C.Rose
Thinking about the Self; C.Rose & R.Worsley
Developing through Relationships with Others; C.Rose
Developing through Conversations; C.Rose
Developing through the Written Word; C.Hall
Developing through Music; A.Harrison
Developing through Visual Imagery; E.Ashby
Developing through Embodiment and Movement; T.Warnecke
Developing through the Natural Environment; T.Bray
Developing through Transcendence; R.Worsley
Developing through This Book; C.Rose.


This is an elegant resource book on self-awareness and personal development...encourages mindfulness about our own process and shows how much we still have to learn about ourselves.' -Julia Greer, Therapy Today
'...a delightful book which seeks to provide resources and support to therapists who are engaged in the process of becoming more self-aware as part of their personal development...I would certainly recommend the book to both qualified therapists and trainees as well as to other professionals and friends. Having read it I would also dip back into it again in the future.' - Dr Tina Griffiths, The Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care
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