Alex H Parker Books

 

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NEW Hot off the Press in Paperback and kindle  A Rant on Atheism in Conselling & Psychotherapy. 

This book is designed to be a rant on the subject and will offend and annoy the religious. Questions such as: Can a true believer in God have credibility as a counsellor? How does a belief in God influence the process of counselling? Does the acceptance of some religious teachings disqualify an individual from being a counsellor? Can a counsellor still value a client if they believe they are worthy of death in Armageddon? The book is generally critical of any belief that is dogmatic in its nature and not open to change. The value of the science of Psychology is discuses as the creator of counselling. Science is also presented as a way of thinking for the effective counsellor. Objectivity and the value of remaining in the clients frame of reference is discussed and how a belief in the teachings of a holy book can sabotage this skill. The author also discusses his own search for meaning in life and describes how he became a counsellor and an atheist after flirting with spirituality and dogmatic religion. A book that is designed to challenge the student counsellor to seriously question the value of their beliefs.

Students might enjoy the informal style of this book which is presented with a touch of humour to keep the readers attention. Some essays and personal development statements on the subject of counselling. All written with a casual style and making the point quickly. 

This book is for readers who aren't looking for a 'psychotherapy Guru,' or 'professor,' but would rather read something that is a bit neurotic and authentically human with all the mistakes you would expect. It is designed to be a collection of average essays and personal development statements written by an average student.They include the very early basic essays and later advanced stages of learning which are written in a casual style at times to suit presentations and the enjoyment of the reader. . Most statements are followed by a quote from an academic. 

 Discussing the meaning of Person Centred Philosophy in Care and counselling. with an emphasis on core personal values and personal development. An insightful book discussing the Hierarchy of Needs and how these are enhanced by using Rogerian Core Humanistic/ Person centred principles. This examination focuses on the practitioner's values which contribute to a therapeutic growth based environment. The book also discusses how the Person Centred Philosophy has been misapplied and perverted to suit personal or corporate agendas. The theories of Maslow and Rogers are dominant throughout. This book was created as part of a workshop discussing the attitudes required in delivering a Person Centered service in counselling/psychotherapy and social care, but many people have adapted these principles to teaching and parenting. This book contains some deviations in grammar and maybe little repetitive at times, but the insights contain essential understanding of the process of personal growth in a way that can be easily understood and appreciated.

 This collection of works by Alex H Parker includes most of his essays and books that have been published to date. They contain many subjects with deep discussions, rambling, rants and enthusiastic deviations in grammar. For the student counsellor wonderful insights and subjects for discussion in the classroom will definitely be found. The subjects within this collection are unusual and are designed to address a wide variety of issues that are relevant to counselling, but are often ignored because the subject matter is sensitive. This collection contains the most varied discussions available regarding counselling and psychotherapy. It addresses the scientific aspect as well as encouraging a secular maturity when exploring spiritual aspects to this subject. This collection presents an honest examination of counselling with great emphasis on the need for personal development. 

The works included are also available separately on Amazon.

Counselling and psychotherapy are enhanced by hypnotherapy when it is correctly applied. This book recommends that the success of hypnotherapy is determined by the client’s ability to live autonomously without the need to return for more therapy after it is complete. Hypnotherapy is used to assist clients to reduce their anxiety and the accompanying automatic thoughts through a process of mindful breathing. This creates the platform to introduce affirmations and visualisations that contribute toward a new pattern of being. This book is highly unorthodox in its approach and condemns any therapy that offers an unconditional quick fix as a gimmick. The author suggests that the superego can be rewritten through hypnotherapy by introducing a strangely paradoxical approach of authoritatively creating a 'condition of worth' that demand 'unconditional positive self-regard' to counteract negative introjects. Self actualisation is the goal of the Hypothetical mindfulness approach, which contributes toward a state of congruence. A highly unorthodox perspective; approaching hypnotherapy with meditation, psychodynamic and humanistic perspectives.

Homeostasis or balanced conditions are seen as the causal effect of actualization in nature and the human experience. In this short book it is suggested that the nature of psychology and psychotherapy can be understood by observing the nature of reality. In order understand reality an attempt must be made to be open to change and not cling to one dogmatic idea regarding reality, psychology or one particular approach to psychotherapy. For the reader who is confused by the differing perspectives in psychotherapy this short book will offer satisfying insight and food for thought regarding the psychotherapy, the universe and how its nature can be understandably misunderstood as a God. It is a reflective and highly philosophical view on the process of mind and its relationship to nature and the universe. It starts with a very basic description of how the universe came into existence and develops (actualizes) and suggests that the same process is evident in all nature including human psychology. The role of nature and instincts is discussed with equal respect as nurture and experience in creating personality. The author describes a holistic approach to psychotherapy and counselling based on principles of balance and growth, suggesting that growth in a psychological sense is impossible or impeded if psychological balance is not present. Hypothetical Mindfulness is a non dogmatic approach to reality where a quiet mind and openness to new experience in the moment is presented as the key to psychological balance. An attempt is also made to reconcile the differing approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. 

 This book uses a slightly ranty style with a few to address counsellors and psychotherapists and asks the question: do you really value the subject that has contributed so much to your profession? It brings to the attention of counsellors and psychotherapists that psychology has provided tremendous insight into the human condition and by investigating it we can better understand our clients. This book encourages us to look beyond the confines of just one perspective with the view that greater knowledge brings greater insight. The author accepts that counsellors and psychotherapists may be challenged or even reviled by some of the experiments that have contributed to our understanding of the human mind but to the brave reader the insight this research has provided has provided the world with effective therapies and philosophies that have contributed to governmental legislation, education and health care. Warning: Comes with some ranty grammar mistakes.

 Counsellors and Psychotherapists are part of a profession that is founded on psychological research, however many advertise themselves as having the power of Reiki and suggest that they have spiritual power which enhances their skills. Some Counsellors and Psychotherapist believe in the power of angels and cosmic ordering. Such advertised beliefs cannot help but influence a clients belief system. This book is very enthusiastic in differentiating fact and fantasy to the point of a controlled rant with some accompanying deviations from good grammar. It suggests that through experience with people on a personal level that Counsellors and Psychotherapists can gain a good understanding of the general truths of human nature which can create the delusion of spiritual insight. Cold reading is used by mediums psychics and other spiritual practitioners to convince the public that they posses the power to read minds, see into the future and speak with the dead. Some of these practitioners are not aware that they are using Cold reading techniques as their belief in their own powers is reinforced by the collaborative public who need to believe. Some of them become excellent at their trade through practice and become acute at recognising subtle unconscious signs that can be used to impress the onlooker. The reader is encouraged to think what psychological principles are involved in Cold Reading and if Cold reading can ever be applied in a therapeutic way.

 A rant from start to finish on the subject of assertiveness and how mind control is the used by manipulative individuals to control the passive and emotionally unfulfilled. The emphasise is on awareness rather than on technique. Not designed for the grammar Nazi as this comes with all the grammatical ranty mistakes you would expect for a rant; however insights are available for those who want them.

A book that will challenge the illusion of personal development that many therapists believe they possess. Many Counselors and Psychotherapists are spiritual or deeply religious. The Bible is often used to as a guide book for morality and virtue. This book examines scriptural attitudes of God, Jesus and Paul and asks if they are compatible with counseling and psychotherapy. In a world where Counselors and psychotherapists are fast becoming replacements for pastors and ministers the question must be asked. Are the attitudes presented in the bible in opposition to morality or do they support it? Is there ambiguity in the bible regarding right and wrong? how should a counselor or psychotherapist view the Bible? This book will be painful for deeply religious people to read as it challenges us to address our incongruities in order to aid personal development and maturity as a therapist.

This expanded collection of writings by Alex H Parker includes most of his published work with the addition of the unfinished and previously unpublished Rant on Assertiveness and Mind Control and Personal development statements from his student days as well as his 2011 journal (Diary of a Neurotic Counsellor. Not a healthy read for the strict grammar nazi. As with all his publications they contain many subjects with deep discussions, rambling, rants and overly enthusiastic deviations in grammar, but For the student counsellor wonderful insights and subjects for discussion in the classroom will definitely be found. This collection contains the most varied discussions available regarding counselling and psychotherapy. It addresses the scientific aspect as well as encouraging a secular maturity when exploring spiritual aspects to this subject. This collection presents an honest examination of counselling with great emphasis on the need for personal development. 

The works included are also available separately on Amazon.

A genuine diary that was originally published as a blog. There is not very much in the way of counselling and psychotherapy in this book, but rather it is the honest account of a counsellors perspective on his own life, without all that messing about, pretending to be a "fully functioning human". In this short and very unorthodox and rather nonacademic book the author provides a humorous example from his own journal of how he mentally frames events in his memory during the July of 2011. The approach that is taken demonstrates that counsellors and psychotherapists are not always emotional guru's as they like to think but are as neurotic as the rest of us and he celebrates this fact with good humor and dodgy grammar. This book is designed to suggest how looking at life as a series of humorous antidotes is not only healthy but also fun. Don't expect too much though; It's awful.

Buddhist psychology in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Offering a simple to follow western interpretation of the structure and dynamics of the Buddhist structure of personality using the aggregates as a base. This book discusses Buddhist psychology as a secular philosophy which has been validated by modern psychology and psychotherapeutic research. The similarities of the Buddhist structure of personality and modern perspectives is discussed. The author asserts that Buddhist perspective stands out as unique because it is a compound of separate elements and therefore is an illusion. When correlating modern psychological perspectives the idea of non self and self-actualisation are discussed in a way that the reader is encouraged to draw their own conclusions. As well as discussing modern psychotherapy and psychology perspectives in relation to Buddhist Psychology the author also discusses his own perspective of 'Hypothetical Mindfulness'. The author acknowledges that this book avoids delving in to the original languages but is rather a western interpretation. This book intends to prepare the reader for deeper study in the future and offers an appropriate beginning for studding Buddhist psychology without learning stories or parables. This book is also designed to prepare the reader for volume 2 a Therapeutic approach.