Authentic: How to be yourself and why it matters


In his new book Authentic, Stephen Joseph presents a fresh and inspiring perspective on the psychology of authenticity alongside practical advice and exercises for the reader. Drawing on the wisdom of existential philosophers, the insights and research of psychologists, and case studies from his own and others’ clinical experiences, he shows how authenticity is the foundation of human flourishing – as well as how the ideas relate to debates about the importance of happiness.




This latest edition of Positive Therapy shows how the latest thinking in positive psychology can be applied to psychotherapeutic practice, and specifically to person-centred therapy. Making the links between positive psychology and psychotherapy explicit, Stephen Joseph describes the new tools that practitioners can draw upon to help and facilitate positive functioning in their clients.

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Positive Therapy

Positive Psychology in Practice

The best minds in positive psychology survey the state of the field

Positive Psychology in Practice, Second Edition moves beyond the theoretical to show how positive psychology is being used in real-world settings, and the new directions emerging in the field. An international team of contributors representing the best and brightest in the discipline review the latest research, discuss how the findings are being used in practice, explore new ideas for application, and discuss focus points for future research.

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“In this revolutionary book, Joseph and Murphy gather a cast of international experts to argue for the importance of the therapeutic relationship in treating trauma. The book is no mere theoretical argument. It is rigorously evidence-based and includes information of use to practitioners. An outstanding book.”
Arthur C. Bohart
Emeritus Professor, California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA

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Trauma and the Therapeutic Relationship
Research shows that the therapeutic relationship can offer a catalyst for healing, helping traumatized clients to make sense of and re-build their lives. This book provides practitioners with expert insight into supporting clients’ recovery from trauma by placing the therapeutic relationship at the heart of the therapeutic process:

  • It explores the role of the therapeutic relationship across a wide range of theoretical perspectives, including humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural approaches.
  • It brings together specialists from across the globe to provide practitioners with the latest thinking about client-centred work with trauma.
  • It considers particular aspects of psychological trauma, including posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth.

This is the first book to combine trauma recovery with the therapeutic relationship. As such it is an important textbook for everyone with an interest in trauma therapy, whether as an aspect of training or of practice.

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