List of Counseling Theories
By: Shrinklady aka Dr. Suzanne LaCombe
Updated: November 2012
With the current list of counseling treatments standing at over 300, it's a tough job to keep up to date. Here's a list of terms often used in reference to popular theories.
Be aware that they are not organized in order of importance. Some of these might be better categorized as "techniques" but I have included them as they give you an idea of how broad the field is and how many options are available to you.
Body Based Psychotherapies (Mind Body or Somatic Therapies)
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Bioenergetic Analysis Therapy
Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
Eye Movement Desensitizaiton & Reprocessing Therapy
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy
Marital and Family Systems Therapy
Rational Emotive Therapy
Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Somatic Psychotherapy (see Body-Based above)
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This is absolutely essential for doing good therapy.
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Did You Know
Counseling is available in most parts of the world. It's known in these countries as:
Spanish - Consejerķa
Chinese - 辅导
Dutch - Counseling
French - Counseling
German - Beratung
Greek - Counseling
Italian - Consulenza
Japanese - カウンセリング
Korean - 상담
Portuguese - Assessoramento
Russian - консультирование
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Kailas (MAHARASHTRA, INDIA)
It's realy good to gain a kowledge from this page..
walucho sylvester (Eldoret-Rift Valley Province, Kenya)
Am a student at MT.Kenya University taking counseling psychology and your theories has been of great significance to my studies.Thanks for your assistance.
Integrating Mind Body and Spirit (England, UK)
Hello, I'm a trained counsellor and holistic therapist and I'm struggling at the moment on how to work combining both approaches and still get membership to the BACP. I think I should be able to counsel others in a combination approach, working on the mind, body and spirit at the same time, but I believe the BACP classes this as being unethical, due to boundary issues.
How can I get around this to offer the client, whatever they need at the given moment, without having to separate things.
Hello Kal, thanks for your question. It's a good one and especially timely in this day and age.
Could you clarify what organization the BACP is? There's so many regulatory organizations and I want to be sure I'm referencing the right one.
Also, I've got quite back-up of questions so it might be a while before I get back to you on it.
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D Ashton (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)
this is a great site. I am doing developmental psychology and about to write my exams and i have gained alot from you guys thumbs up.
I understand that working as a therapist in any field is very hard.Thanks for the theories it really help me understand the different fields and how u have to take patience and time everyday to succeed in your career.
Oliver (Nairobi, Kenya)
The theories are of great assistance to me,Iam a trainee counsellor in Kenya.
Raphael (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)
Thanks so much for your informative outline of these theories. Am living in Zimbabwe and teaching a module on counselling at Midlands State University. The way these in which these theories are ordered is very important especially when it comes to cognition on the part of the students.
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