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Reflective Writing in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Jeannie Wright University of Warwick
Gillie Bolton Freelance Consultant
© 2012   224 pages   SAGE Publications Ltd   
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Paperback ISBN: 9780857023285 £23.99
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857023278 £72.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781446258262

'This book, just as previously published titles by Gillie Bolton, offers a wealth of creative and intensive writing ideas for experts in therapy, coaching and counseling. The instructions are clear and simple to understand, with presentations of successful treatments. In addition, this book shows the ways that therapists and counselors can expand in their field, by looking into digital media collaborations. E-therapy, online coaching and counseling offer positive results and are forward thinking. A fascinating subject, which demands lots of attention in Germany!'

Susanne Rolf-Dietrich, SocialNet, Germany

'An engaging, accessible and practical book that takes the mystery out of reflective writing. It deserves to become a constant companion to the student and practitioner of counselling and psychotherapy. It is an exploration of how reflective writing can be built into psychodynamic, humanistic and CBT practice and training. The joy of the book is that it takes the reader on a journey into self, while also providing insights into and bringing alive research and theory by the use of personal testimony, references to literature and poetry and through the voices of three fictional characters, whose training it follows. I would warmly commend [this book] both to students and practioners' - Therapy Today

'This well organised book engages the reader from the Preface to the final page...Both authors have called on their experience of writing therapy, producing a book that is both text book and work book. If you're looking for some personal development, this book will give you compelling suggestions, examples and tasks. If you want to find out how writing therapy might be used in practice, this book explains. If you already use writing therapy tasks with your clients, this book will provide you with numerous ideas. "Reflective Writing in Counselling Psychotherapy" is both informative and challenging, bringing the reader face to face with emotions that are expressed in words' -
Gill Jones, Accredited Counsellor

'Jeannie Wright and Gillie Bolton have written a practical guide on how write reflectively for personal and professional development. The book contains abundant suggestions on how and what to write in order to reflect upon and make sense of your experience.

Although the book is aimed in the first instance at students and practitioners in counselling and therapeutic contexts, the ideas are just as relevant for people in the coaching world. I have used several of the exercises very effectively with coaching clients and with participants on coaching skills programmes.

The book's practical discussion of e-therapy, on-line counselling and the use of technology such as email and Skype will be of interest to coaches seeking to practise in ways which support or replace face to face encounters.

If you are looking for ideas on how to work with clients or students - or if you simply want to reflect upon your own practice - then you'll find stimulating ideas in this excellent book' -
Bob Thomson, Learning and Development Centre, University of Warwick

'This book offers a gentle and creative invitation to the use of reflective writing in counselling and psychotherapy. In supplying a clear account of different approaches to reflective writing, and a large number of stimulating writing tasks, this book makes a timely, welcome and necessary contribution to this area of therapeutic training and practice.'
John McLeod, Professor of Counselling
University of Abertay Dundee

'In this book Wright and Bolton make a compelling case for the benefits and role of reflective writing in the therapist's tool kit of self-development and awareness. Written in an engaging and practical style, and underpinned by a clear theoretical framework, this book makes a significant contribution to the existing literature. I think it is highly likely to succeed in encouraging readers to give serious consideration to the benefits of reflective writing and journal keeping in their own personal development, irrespective of personal learning style. It will certainly be a welcome companion and guide for therapists who are engaged in reflective writing as a training or professional requirement. Ultimately, this valuable book reminds us that there are many means available to enhance therapist personal development and the capacity to mentalise our experience, and that we are likely to achieve a richer picture and experience of ourselves if we engage with multiple processes and methods of reflexive activity. It will certainly become recommended reading for counselling psychology trainees on my programme!'

Dr Mark Donati, Course Leader and Principal Lecturer, Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, London Metropolitan University

'This is an engaging, comprehensive and practical book about writing for self-discovery and reflection. Gillie and Jeannie are both experts within the field, and their inspirational and reader friendly book will be an invaluable contribution at all levels of therapist training' -

Sofie Bager-Charleson, Module Leader, Lecturer and Academic Supervisor, Metanoia Institute, London

'This is a ground breaking and innovative book in which Jeannie Wright and Gill Bolton provide an elegantly constructed and engaging exploration of the many and varied ways that reflective writing can support trainees in counselling and psychotherapy in their personal and professional development. They provide a host of exciting and creative suggestions for utilising reflective writing in support of healing and growth, brought to life by examples students will relate to immediately. In these respects the book will also be a source of inspiration for those practising in the field; in fact, anyone who wishes to find new and powerful ways of furthering their journey of self-exploration' -
Phil Goss, Jungian Analyst and Senior Lecturer Counselling & Psychological Therapies, University of Central Lancashire

Excellent resource used to help develop a new module. I recommend this to all students of C&P

Dr Irene Dudley-Swarbrick

Applied Health and Social Care, Edge Hill University

May 10 2015

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This is an excellent textbook for my module, Developing the Reflective Practitioner because it doesn't rely on 'models' of reflection but rather provides many ways to become reflective or reflexive. Models are only useful if the user actually understands and is willing to undertake the process of reflection. This book is going to become essential reading for the module.

Miss Rayya Ghul

Health , Canterbury Christ Church University

Dec 10 2014

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This is a great book for trainee counsellors

Mrs Mary Sherrill

Health & Social Care, Tresham Institute

Jan 07 2014

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This book is useful to encourage students to work with clients in a more creative way. It can be particularly useful for supporting the client to express themselves in a different way. We encourage the students to use the process themselves too.

Miss Linda O'Hern

School of Care & Creative Studies, Lincoln College

Nov 14 2013

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This book is a great resource to assist students with getting to grips with the idea of reflective writing. There are useful and interesting suggested activities and lots of practical examples to learn how to write in this style effectively.

Ms Stephanie Revell

Health and Wellbeing, University of Cumbria

Jul 12 2013

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A sound read for students who want to develop their reflective writing abilities. the text provide some good stimulus for students engaging in journal work but is also useful for students engaging in research where a focus is on the reflective elements of practice.

Mr John Dixon

Counselling, Cleveland & Redcar College

Apr 30 2013

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A comprehensive exploration of reflective writing, for both personal and professional inquiries. Includes the 'what, how and why?' of journal writing and its relevance to therapeutic work. Useful for students who want to both discover and deepen their knowledge and experience of reflective writing. Some helpful exercises for overcoming blocks to reflective exploration, especially since they connect with person-centred theory (for our person-centred counselling skills students). An informative and accessible book.

Ms Helene Baker

counse, City Lit

Feb 21 2013

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An excellent resource for using writing in personal development. Includes a range of very useful exercises. user friendly style.

Mrs Margaret Rock

Counselling (Lancaster), University of Cumbria

Nov 26 2012

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A wonderfully creative and inspiring text for counselling practitioners, giving a wealth of methods to stimulate reflection.

Miss Lyndise Tarbuck

Centre for Health and Care, Colchester Institute

Nov 13 2012

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This book is more suited to Undergraduate students.

Ms Jo Cruywagen

Department of Psychology, Roehampton University

Nov 02 2012

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Recommended reading for Undergraduate students to begin to understand what reflective writing entails is a clear and accessible way.

Ms Jo Cruywagen

Department of Psychology, Roehampton University

Nov 02 2012

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Really useful introduction to the topic. I plan to expand teaching on this for next year.

Dr Sue Thorpe

Psychology , Newcastle University

Oct 31 2012

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This book was nicely written for professionals and offered grounded and practical advice for introducing reflecticve writing into professional work as a method of increasing self awareness and understanding the complexities of everyday living. It also offers support to those who are unsure of what to do with their writting or indeed how to get started.

Ms maura fitzsimons

Nursing Department, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Sep 25 2012

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A useful addition with plenty of practical suggestions to help students/practitioners develop reflective practice using writing.

Ms Raje Suzanne Airey

Counselling Dept, Colchester Institute

Sep 24 2012

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This book covers an under represented topic however it is still quite simplistic for HE students

Mrs Gillian Salter

Education Health Social Care, Eastleigh College

Sep 11 2012

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Hi I think the above book will be excellent fo rmy level 3 learners, however perhaps less so for my level 2 learners. The cover is very appealing and the activities look very useful. I will start my courses in 2 weeks time and see how many seem interested in buying a copy.

Mrs Bev Hale

Dept of Care and Early Years, Weston College

Sep 06 2012

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Very useful to help students write reflectively - reflective writing is part of the course.

Dr Els van Ooijen

School of Social Sciences, University of Wales, Newport

Sep 05 2012

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This book provides a plethora of ideas for reflective writing and will prove to be a very valuable resource for students engaged in reflective learning as part of their professional development during both pre- and in-service stages of their careers.

Mr Steve Watts

School of Education and Lifelong Learning (City), Sunderland University

Aug 17 2012

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This is a wonderful book. Writing reflectively, critically and creatively is a valuable skill for counselling and psychotherapy students and practitioners, and this book challenges readers to write themeselves and learn by doing it. This is a book I have been waiting for!

Ms Jane Macaskie

School of Healthcare, Leeds University

Jun 21 2012

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probably the best current reflective writing book for counselling students

Ms Carol Lloyd

social studies, Chichester University

May 28 2012

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This book would be an excellent introduction to reflective writing. it has a slightly colloquial style and is possibly a little basic for some of our level 7 students. it includes helpful practical exercises and some interesting etymological information which is enlightening. It will be helpful for those starting out with reflective writing

Mrs Valerie Sanders

Counselor Education , University of Greenwich

May 15 2012

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