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First Steps In Counselling: A Student's Companion for Basic Introductory Courses

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This book is for students on basic introduction to counselling courses from around 20 to 100 hours duration. In his highly acclaimed approachable style, Sanders covers all relevant areas of training at this level - theory, personal development and building helping skills.

What is Counselling?; Where do Ideas in Counselling Come From?; The Importance of Self-Develop
Paperback, Third Edition, 152 pages
Published 2002 by PCCS Books (first published January 1st 1994)
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Ellie Rose
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a recommended read on an Introductory Counselling course that I attended and a book that my tutor had raved about. Although I am no longer embarking on that course, I still consider it a worthwhile read and can understand how, for those continuing with their counselling courses it'd act as a base to build their learning on from.

Pete Sanders is clearly knowledgeable in the field and has devised a book that not only informs, but educates the reader. Split into useful and sensible areas in
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was recommended this book on introductory course. It is a good overview, it has similar flow to the course I went to. I would recommend it to anyone interested. It's on introductory level, so it's not only for people studying for counselling, but I think it would give you a good idea if you were seeking a counsellor or if you just wanted to improve your skills (and I think anyone would benefit to certain extend from it...) ...more
Paul Brown
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
One of those does what it says on the tin kind of text books; good overall introduction to counselling written in an accessible fashion and is highly interactive as it engages the student in written exercises as it goes along. My main grievance with Sanders’ book was the layout; panels of quotes and lyrics to illustrate his points dotted across the pages really broke up the flow of the text. I would have personally have preferred a few illustrations instead, maybe some one liner cartoons to get ...more
Simon Brotherton
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish I'd read this book while I was doing my Level 2 course! It is, as the name suggests, designed as a companion to those taking their first steps into counselling. Nevertheless it served as a nice refresher, and Sanders' relaxed style makes it an easy, honest yet informative read. It's a little long in the tooth now but the vast majority of its content is still just as relevant. As Sanders explains, counselling is a multi-faceted animal and attitudes towards it and indeed its applications c ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book was a great introduction to counselling without entering in too much detail. I absolutely LOVE the author awareness on topics such as discrimination and prejudice. He is a white man and is fully aware of his power compared to the rest of the planet and this is what truly made a difference for me. It's also my first book on the topic as I am starting my training next month and I will definitely refer back to it if needed. ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a good supplement for “Introduction to counselling” course for me. It gave me a clearer idea of what counselling is in the UK particularly. I found it very helpful to read about different approaches in the beginning of the book, and the ways of obtaining certification to become a counsellor. It also made me think why I’m doing it and what my expectations are. A good book to start with in my opinion.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Karen Broughton
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great easy to read introductory book. I've just finished a counselling skills course level 2 . Found it invaluable. ...more
Emma Shaw
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really great introduction to the basics of counselling. The sections are really clear and easy to understand and the information is consistently valuable.
miss e brooks
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Loved this book. Great if your starting a Level 2 as it reflects on basic theory, but also on your reasons for study.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a pretty high rating as it answered just about all the questions I had about person-centred counselling at an introductory level, gives a very good over-view of other counselling approaches and is written in an engaging and interactive way.

Interactive, because there are side panels with exercises, either written, reflective or experiential, to help illustrate the points in the text.

A good foundational book.
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