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Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Case Approach, 3rd Edition

By Nancy L. Murdock

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 23, 2012


Note: This is the bound book only and does not include access to MyCounselingLab®. To order MyCounselingLab® packaged with the bound book, use ISBN 0134391063.


Using case studies, applied examples, original source material, and her own inimitable pedagogical style, Nancy Murdock succinctly elucidates fifteen of the most influential and ground-breaking theories of psychotherapy and counseling. With this articulate guide to counseling theory, students will grasp complicated historical theory and not only understand the historical footing and uses of each, but will learn how these theories have informed each other and contributed to modern practice, while applying it to their own professional counseling experience. Examining the historical roots, evaluations, and lasting effects of Existential, Gestalt, Behavior, Cognitive, Reality, Feminist, Family, Narrative, and Solution-Focused Therapy and much more, this text equips students with the history and application necessary to bring theory to life.


New Features Include:

  • A New Chapter on Mindfulness Approaches
  • Extensive Coverage of Ethics in Therapy
  • Addition of Outcome and Theory-testing Research for Approaches to Therapy
  • Coverage of Psychotherapy Outcome Research and Evidence-Based Treatment

Also available with MyCounselingLab®

This title is also available with MyCounselingLab–an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with the text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students see key concepts demonstrated through video clips, practice what they learn, test their understanding, and receive feedback to guide their learning and ensure they master key learning outcomes.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Theory Is a Good Thing

Chapter 2:   Psychoanalysis

Chapter 3:   Neoanalytic Approaches

Chapter 4:   Individual Psychology

Chapter 5:   Person-Centered Therapy

Chapter 6:   Existential Psychotherapy

Chapter 7:   Gestalt Therapy

Chapter 8:    Behavior Therapy

Chapter 9:    Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Chapter 10:  Cognitive Therapy

Chapter 11:   Reality Therapy

Chapter 12:   Feminist Therapy

Chapter 13:   Family Systems Theory

Chapter 14:   Solution-Focused Therapy

Chapter 15:   Narrative Therapy

Chapter 16:   Mindfulness Approaches

Chapter 17:   Conclusion