• Step in to study counselling and psychotherapy (4th edition)

Step in to study counselling and psychotherapy (4th edition)

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This fourth, updated and revised edition of this bestselling classic offers essential guidance to student counsellors and psychotherapists starting out on their training. Most books about training focus on the training; this book is about you, the trainee and student, and your needs. Written by two highly experienced trainers/lecturers, Step in to Study Counselling and Psychotherapy will be your friend and guide across this new terrain. An array of voices from the world of counselling and psychotherapy training also contribute their expertise on the topics discussed. Training in counselling and psychotherapy demands much of the trainee in terms of what you give of yourself to the process, as well as the academic and practice skills required to successfully complete the course. This book will help you choose your course and where to study, fund it, manage your relationships with fellow trainees and teaching staff, prepare for and write/deliver your assignments, negotiate placements and follow your learning through into continuing professional development. It also covers clinical supervision, personal therapy, experiential learning and self-care, and – as a one-stop resource – it provides useful links to other sources of information and support.


1.          Preparing the ground for successful studying

2.          Learning relationships in counselling and psychotherapy courses

3.          Learning processes in counselling and psychotherapy courses

4.          Skills and techniques for effective study

5.          Assessment and assignments in counselling and psychotherapy courses

6.          Writing essays and case studies (and doing it differently!)

7.          Continuing professional development


This is an excellent text, and this fourth edition ensures it remains as contemporary and vital as it has always been. It is authoritative yet accessible, ambitious yet detailed, and academic yet practical. This book will support you to build confidence and knowledge so that you can translate theory into practice and be the best therapist you can for your clients.  A highly recommended text from two great writers.
Andrew Reeves, Professor in Counselling Professions and Mental Health, University of Chester

The book covers key material for those considering training, from choosing a course and making sense of relationships and dynamics during training, through to the inevitable tensions and conflicts evident in the book’s socio-political content. The text is relevant to trainees as well as trainers and lecturers and should be essential reading on training courses. Perfectly pitched, and a powerful legacy, Pete!
Lynne Gabriel, Professor of Counselling and Mental Health, York St John University

…covers all the key milestones…The inclusion of a wide range of personal experiences of different counsellors and trainers is a particularly valuable resource for students.
Dr Faisal Mahmood, Head of Subject – Counselling & Psychotherapy, Newman University, Birmingham

This new edition of Step in to Study Counselling and Psychotherapy is comprehensive, inclusive, accessible, involving, informative and more. Deborah Lee and Pete Sanders guide the reader with grace and generosity through a range of considerations, challenges and dilemmas. Prospective, new and existing counselling and psychotherapy students will all find themselves welcomed, reassured, inspired and enlightened.
Jonathan Wyatt, Professor of Qualitative Inquiry, Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Deborah A Lee

Deborah A Lee is Programme Director for the BSc Counselling at the University of East Londonand a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). She has 20+ years of experience in higher education, leading and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses,advising students on study skills. Deborah is UKCP-registered, MBACP, and NCS (Accred), and has a private practice offering person-centred counselling and psychotherapy. Deborah’s current teaching and writing has a focus on social justice in counselling and psychotherapy education, training, and practice, drawing on heuristic research, autoethnography, creative non-fiction and arts-based presentations. She is co-editor, with Emma Palmer, of#MeToo: Counsellors and psychotherapists speak about sexual violence and abuse(PCCS Books, 2020), guest editor of the special issue ofPsychotherapy and Politics International(2020) on therapists’ lived experiences, and her case-study research has appeared in theBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling(2017) andSelf & Society(2019).

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Pete Sanders

Pete Sanders worked as a volunteer at ‘Off The Record’, Newcastle-upon Tyne, in 1972 before completing a degree in psychology at the university there, and then the postgraduate diploma in counselling at Aston University. He practised as a counsellor, educator and clinical supervisor for more than 30 years, and published widely on many aspects of counselling, psychotherapy and mental health, as well as co-founding PCCS Books in 1993. After practising and teaching counselling, he continued to have an active interest in developing person-centred theory, the politics of counselling and psychotherapy, and the demedicalisation of distress.  He died in February 2022.

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Pete Sanders