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Psychodynamic Counselling in Action (Counselling in Action series) Paperback – 21 Aug. 2017

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Brilliant, enlightening, practical. A gem of a book.

British Journal of Guidance and Counselling


This is one of a very small number of books that manage to describe simply, but not simplistically, what analytic work involves.

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One of the most reliable (and readable) guides to what is involved in counselling… Jacobs′ well-organised and comprehensive summaries of the main theories and his illustrations of psychodynamic counselling drawn from his own work will inspire students and trainees on counselling and therapy courses. They will also interest (and create envy) in more experienced readers.

Professor Andrew Samuels, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex

-- Endorsements Misc Published On: 2016-11-01


Michael Jacobs writes about counselling in such a lucid, related, succinct and fluid way! This book is a delight to read. Having endorsed the fourth edition, I can now commend the substantial new features of this revised fifth version. These include a new and up-to-the-minute take on what constitutes the therapy relationship, and a suggestive and creative understandings of the value of defences and resistances. The intersections between psychodynamic and other approaches are thoughtfully presented. The book is surely a ‘must’ for training courses but more experienced practitioners will also learn a thing or two. I did.

-- Andrew Samuels Published On: 2017-05-11

Michael Jacobs’s textbook for students and practitioners of psychodynamic therapy became a huge success upon its initial publication, and it remains the gold standard to this day.  Written with welcome clarity, deep compassion, and with both a clinical and a practical intelligence, Jacobs will be the perfect guide for trainees in this increasingly important field of endeavor.

-- Professor Brett Kahr Published On: 2017-06-05

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Widely regarded as the most accessible introduction to the psychodynamic approach, this book covers everything from initial meeting right through to the end of the relationship.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ SAGE Publications Ltd; Fifth edition (21 Aug. 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 168 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1473998166
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1473998162
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 18.59 x 0.97 x 23.19 cm
  • Customer reviews:
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Michael Jacobs was for many years Director of the counselling and psychotherapy courses in the Department of Adult Education, University of Leicester. In developing those courses he published a number of key texts which are used in other training courses - notably The Presenting Past (Open University Press, 2012, 4th edition) and Psychodynamic Counselling in Action (Sage, 2017 5th edition). He has also written a number of other books (Sigmund Freud and D.W Winnicott in the Sage series) and edited three series for Open University Press - such as Core Concepts in Therapy. More recently he has written two books in the UKCP/Karnac series, Shakespeare on the Couch, and Our Desire of Unrest.

Michael has written his professional autobiography for the Open University Press, published in January 2018: Fifty Years of Counselling: My Presenting Past. He has been a visiting Professor at Bournemouth University and at the University of Leeds. He has a Ph.D on psychoanalytic interpretations of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Now in his eighties he is retired from practice and teaching but is always ready to correspond with any who wish to write to him.

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