Counseling psychology and development: Providing therapeutic treatments to treat a wide variety of symptoms

William James

Influential 19th century psychologist and philosopher, William James

In life, there are no guarantees. While you can control much of what goes on in your life, there are instances when issues can arise, overwhelming our abilities to manage and control our responses to them. Counseling psychology is one of the largest specialty practices within the field of psychology. Counseling psychologists take a more generalized approach when helping patients with any one of their psychosomatic problems.

William James was an influential 19th century psychologist and philosopher who wrote a pioneering paper called The Principles of Psychology, blending his own research and thoughts about psychology, philosophy and physiology. He offered ideas to practicing psychologists and counselors such as “stream of thought” and the theory that emotions occur as a result of physiological processes or reactions to events.

Today’s counselors and psychologists deal with a host of behavioral issues, some of which have only recently been identified, including binge eating disorder and attention deficit disorder. We at Questia wanted to open the doors to our digital library by granting access to reference works on five books that explore psychological and counseling topics such as addiction, bereavement and group ethics.


Author Carlo C. Diclemente critically examines how the United States views the problem of addictive behavior in society, pointing out serious shortcomings in current perspectives and the efforts at interdiction, prevention, criminalization, and treatment that they support. Diclemente offers a new approach in the form of an alternative, integrative perspective for understanding addiction and recovery. It is his premise that addiction and recovery should be viewed as a process of behavior change.

[Diclemente, C. C. (2003). Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover. New York: Guilford Press. Retrieved from]

Eating Disorders

In this second volume, a series of clinicians and scientists update the latest thinking, knowledge and understanding on the subject of eating disorders. New conditions such as binge eating disorder have been introduced into the diagnostic system and many chapters have been updated to reflect the new thinking surrounding the relationship between food and the human nervous system. Editors included a paper by Professor Gerald Russell examining the history of anorexia nervosa.

[Treasure, J., Schmidt, U., & Furth, E. V. (Eds.). (2003). Handbook of Eating Disorders (2nd ed.). Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons. Retrieved from]


Authors Susan Lendrum (physiologist) and Gabrielle Syme (linguist), provide a practical approach to loss and bereavement in counseling and psychotherapy. Both experienced the loss of loved ones in their lives and when they met, it became an opportunity for them to explore and eventually create courses to train those who work with the grieving. In this book, Lendrum and Syme share what they have learned in the areas of depression and bereavement and encourage readers of their approach to work with others, in a group as part of a training program, or in counseling supervision, or with a trusted colleague or friend.

[Lendrum, S., & Syme, G. (2004). Gift of Tears: A Practical Approach to Loss and Bereavement in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2nd ed.). Hove, England: Brunner-Routledge. Retrieved from]

Group Counseling

This book is intended to present some of the basic information about groups, and their leaders to help educate and guide those in understanding the structure, needs, dynamics, and specific techniques for leading these groups. With a focus on psychoeducational group leadership, Author Nina W. Brown includes personal development exercises designed to help the reader become more self-aware and to seek out other avenues for personal growth and development

[Brown, N. W. (2004). Psychoeducational Groups: Process and Practice (2nd ed.). New York: Brunner-Routledge. Retrieved from]

Counseling Ethics

This book explores the intersection of therapy and philosophical ethics. The discrepancy between the ethical standards expected of a profession and the realities of psychotherapeutic work is a crucial theme for therapists. Patients challenge therapists in ways that raise issues that cannot be considered simply as technical. Questions of therapists concerning their religious beliefs, or how a patient can expect to justify going into therapy to friends who view it merely as self-indulgence force therapists to think clearly about such issues and how it impacts their work.

[Barnes, F. P., & Murdin, L. (Eds.). (2001). Values and Ethics in the Practice of Psychotherapy and Counselling. Philadelphia: Open University Press. Retrieved from]

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