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Summary

"Toad", the famous character in Kenneth Graham’s The Wind in the Willows, is in a very depressed state, and his good friends Rat, Mole, and Badger are "worried that he might do something silly"…. "First they nursed him. Then they encouraged him. Then they told him to pull himself together…. Finally, Badger could stand it no longer.

"Now look here Toad, this can go on no longer," he said sternly. "There is only one thing left. You must have counselling!"

Robert de Board’s engaging account of Toad's experience of counselling will capture the imagination of the growing number of people who are interested in counselling and the counselling process. In this sequel to the story of life on the riverbank, Toad and his friends come to life all over again. Heron, the counsellor, uses the language and ideas of transactional analysis as his counselling method. Through the sessions, or chapters of the book, Toad learns how to analyse his own feelings and develop his emotional intelligence. By the end of the book, as debonair as ever, he is setting out on a completely new adventure.

Appropriate for anyone approaching counselling, whether as a student, client or counsellor, Counselling for Toads will appeal to both children and adults of all ages.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©1998 Routledge (P)2009 Oki Doke Media Limited

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Recommended by counselling tutor

This was on the reading list for my counselling course and I can understand why. I learnt far better from this than I would from a dry textbook. I strongly recommend it to anyone and everyone, not just counselling students and therapists. The narration is also excellent. I will certainly be listening again.

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  • Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
  • 06-10-16

Charming introduction to counselling

What a sweet gentle tale. Toad is unhappy, and his friends Mole and Rat recommend he goes to see a counsellor Heron who they have seen advertised in the newspaper.

What follows is a lovely jaunt through the journey that is counselling.

Although this is a great intro book for anyone considering going themselves, it is also very profound and lightly touches on many models such as the parent/adult/child ego states.

Unfortunately the chap narrating this has such a lovely voice that when I listened to it in bed, I promptly fell asleep and had to rewind to a part I remembered the next day!

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Excellent.

Easy to listen to and lots of interesting information. A good introduction to Transactional Analysis, I'm OK You're OK, Games people play.

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An entertaining overview of counselling in practic

An entertaining overview of counselling in practice. As a counselling student, it was interesting to hear the basic theories and concepts of counselling put into practice. Read beautifully and with just the right intonation for a humanistic counsellor. I imagine this would also appeal to those with an interest in either Wind in the Willows or an interest in the human psyche.

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Brilliant book, great read

Love it, educational for future counsellors but also a good read for a quiet afternoon

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nice intro to psychodynamic counselling

I really enjoyed this book, which was an interesting intro to psychodynamic counselling. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in psychotherapy.

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Brilliant

This is a fantastic book, brilliantly narrated. Perfect for learning, perfect for entertainment. I've listened to it twice already.

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Brilliant, fun introduction to counselling

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who was considering taking up counselling, or who felt they may need or want counselling. It's a great listen, incorporating many of the incidents from Wind in the Willows and showing them from Toad's point of view. It is also very well narrated.

What other book might you compare Counselling for Toads to, and why?

Clearly, there is a comparison with Kenneth's Grahame's classic - all the favourite characters are there, behaving much as they did in the original, but this book goes much more in-depth and shows the emotions behind the scenes.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I particularly enjoyed the counselling session where Toad explained his history, and also when Heron (the counsellor) showed him the childhood coping mechanisms he'd developed, and was still using in adulthood. The explanations of Transactional Analysis were very well done, too.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could quite easily have listened to this all in one sitting, but I want to go back and listen again, in short episodes - probably one of Toad's sessions at a time - to get the most out of it.

Any additional comments?

I've already found it useful. Even though I've done some counselling training, it reminded me (as I know some of it already) of things you can do to help yourself, and demonstrates very clearly many of the principles of the counselling process. Highly recommended.

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  • Tring, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

Essential Listening for Counselling Students

I found this audio book a welcome change of format from all my other 'text books'. It is entertaining and informative and I would argue essential for anyone starting their exploration of Transactional Analysis.

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Excellent

We need more counselling books like this 😊
Explains counselling in layman’s terms and insight into theories too.

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  • Erica S.
  • 05-02-17

Great book!

Awesome book filled with insight and interesting notions. The reading was also very well done.