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Theories of Psychotherapy & Counseling: Concepts and Cases : 6th Edition - Richard S. Sharf

Theories of Psychotherapy & Counseling: Concepts and Cases

6th Edition

Book with Other Items Published: 22nd March 2015
ISBN: 9781305087323
Number Of Pages: 816

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Comprehensive in scope yet succinct in its descriptions and explanations,Theories of Psychotherapy & Counseling: Concepts and Cases , 6th Edition equips students with a solid understanding of the systematic theories of psychotherapy and counseling. Proven author and professor Dr. Richard S. Sharf delivers a thorough explanation of concepts as well as insightful case summaries and therapist-client dialogues that illustrate techniques and treatment in practice.

He demonstrates how theories can be applied to individual therapy or counseling for common psychological disorders-such as depression and generalized anxiety disorders-as well as how to apply them to group therapy. For the major theories presented in the text, basic information about background, personality theory, and theory of psychotherapy provides a means for understanding the application of psychotherapy theory. Insight into the personal lives and philosophical influences of theorists helps explain how the theorists view human behavior. A final chapter compares and critiques each of the theories.

New to the Edition

  • Chapter 17 is now “Comparison and Critique” and Chapter 16 is now “Integrative Therapies.” Having the summarizing chapter at the end of the textbook allows students to learn and understand each theory before reading about its strengths and limitations. As the final chapter, Chapter 17 also provides a good review for the final exam.


  • Chapter 2, “Psychoanalysis,” and Chapter 3, “Jungian Analysis,” have been revised and clarified to improve students' grasp and understanding of these difficult topics.


  • New content includes a new case that illustrates person-centered play therapy with an anxious child (Ch. 6); clarified descriptions of the two-chair method and the empty- chair technique in Gestalt therapy (Ch. 7); discussion of behavioral activation as a method for treating depression and as a way to increase clients' activities, material on diaphragmatic breathing as a relaxation method, and an expanded description of Linehan's Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which is used to treat borderline disorders (Ch. 8).


  • This edition includes new, revised, or expanded material on collaboration and relapse prevention (Ch. 10); the concept of a letter writing campaign as part of narrative therapy (Ch. 12); medical family therapy (Ch. 14); and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), reflecting the increasing popularity of, and research support for, ACT as well as the therapy's emphasis on mindfulness (new section in Ch. 15).


  • Headings for personality theory sections now appear as “Conceptualizing Using [name of theory] Personality Theory” rather than “[name of theory] Personality Theory,” helping students better understand that conceptualizing client problems is based on the theorist's theory of personality.
  • The term “evidence-based treatment” is used (rather than research-supported treatment or empirically based psychotherapy) to describe psychotherapy and counseling that has been supported by research using a control or comparison group with randomized samples. This is the first theories text to include comprehensive information about evidence-based psychotherapy.


  • The Student Manual and Theories in Action video segments are now integrated into CourseMate. Cengage Learning's CourseMate helps to bring course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, student manual content, quizzes, case studies, glossaries, flashcards, Theories in Action videos, and more.


About the Author

Richard S. Sharf has been a counseling psychologist at the Center for Counseling and Student Development at the University of Delaware for 37 years, providing counseling to university students. He also was the internship coordinator for the Psychology Doctoral Internship program. In addition, he taught graduate courses in counseling in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. In writing THEORIES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELING: CONCEPTS AND CASES, he corresponded with over 70 experts on theories of psychotherapy to ensure that the book is accurate and up to date. He is also author of APPLYING CAREER DEVELOPMENT THEORY TO COUNSELING, 6th Edition (©2014, Cengage Learning).

Industry Reviews

"The author has a very engaging writing style; years of experience as a clinician serve the writer well."
"All inclusive, in-depth presentation of major theories of counseling and psychoanalysis including current trends in counseling theories."



1. Introduction.

2. Psychoanalysis.

3. Jungian Analysis and Therapy.

4. Adlerian Therapy.

5. Existential Therapy.

6. Person-Centered Therapy.

7. Gestalt Therapy: An Experiential Therapy.

8. Behavior Therapy.

9. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.

10. Cognitive Therapy.

11. Reality Therapy.

12. Constructive Approaches.

13. Feminist Therapy: A Multicultural Approach.

14. Family Therapy.

15. Other Psychotherapies.

16. Integrative Therapies.

17. Comparison and Critique.

ISBN: 9781305087323
ISBN-10: 1305087321
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Book with Other Items
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 816
Published: 22nd March 2015
Publisher: Cengage Learning, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.2 x 21.0  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 1.63
Edition Number: 6
Edition Type: Revised

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