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Jun 2014 by PCI College

Bite-Sized Book Review: 'Critical Thinking in Counselling & Psychotherapy' by Colin Feltham

'Critical Thinking in Counselling & Psychotherapy' by Colin Feltham is reviewed this week by Gael Kilduff, PCI College Lecturer

Every once in a while a book crosses our path that requires us to sit up and “think”. Colin Feltham in his book “Critical Thinking in Counselling and Psychotherapy” invites the reader to do just that. He suggests that we move beyond thinking about what the theories of counselling have to say, to a place where we hold a “critical attitude towards existing traditions” and open ourselves up to ponder, reflect and question with a sceptical and analytical eye, why we do what we do.

Feltham presents a series of topics in which he explores 60 challenging questions relevant to counselling training and practice, ranging from conventional subjects like unconditional positive regard, boundaries, ethics and supervision to wider social and philosophical issues such as “what to think about Suicide?”, “To what extent is counselling reliant on illusion?", and “Is counselling non-directive and value-free?” to name a few. Each section includes questions for reflection, case studies and exercises that stimulate the reader to think more deeply, creatively and therapeutically about “why human beings suffer and how can we best and most honestly address it”.

This book encourages students and practitioners alike to “approach all relevant traditions, practices, texts and questions sceptically and analytically, with an associated effort to articulate the grounds for criticism and to make possible alternative proposals”.  This is a book to dip in and out of but be warned; you won’t come away from it without been stimulated, challenged, or provoked to wake up to your inner “critical being”.

Gael Kilduff
PCI College Lecturer (June 2014)

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