This book describes the principles and skills of counselling. It provides practical guidelines which show, by example, how to communicate effectively, how to offer counselling and support, and how to face and deal with difficult situations. Detailed attention is given to issues such as preparing women for surgery, breaking bad news, and providing information and support before, during and after childbirth. The book aims to increase the awareness of health workers by describing a broad range on women's experiences and reactions to their particular problems and health concerns, as well as the ways in which these are treated.
Dr Myra Hunter is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working in obstetrics and gynaecology at University College Hospital and Research Fellow / Senior at Guy's Hospital Medical School.