At only 153 pages long, it's easy to read and also compelling, it's humorous in parts, captivating and very thought provoking.
The story’s characters are taken from the Wind and the Willows. Each chapter is devoted to one of Toad’s counselling sessions with Heron. The method used by Heron is ‘transactional analysis’. Toad learns that he has suppressed the anger he felt as a child and therefore Heron helps him through a process of reflection and change to recognise and discard the Child Ego State that Toad is constantly in and make positive progress in his life.
In a simple and easy to understand way, the book introduces some basic concepts about the different psychological states that exist within our heads and how they can affect our day to day lives, beliefs and our interactions with others. It starts to show you that by recognising why you react the way you do, you can change the way you behave for the better.
'Toad', the famous character in Kenneth Grahame'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. That admirable animal, though long on exhortation, was short on patience.
'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 readership of people who are interested in counselling and the counselling process. Written as a real continuation of life on the River Bank, 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 dialogues which make up the ten sessions, or chapters of the book, Toad learns how to analyse his own feelings and develop his emotional intelligence. He meets his 'rebellious child' and his 'adult' along the way, and by the end of the book, as debonair as ever he was, is setting out on a completely new adventure. As readers learn about Toad, so they can learn about themselves and be encouraged to take the path of psychological growth and development.
Best-selling author, Robert de Board says: 'Toad's experiences are based on my own experiences of counselling people over a period of twenty years. Counselling for Toads is really an amalgamation of the many counselling sessions I have held and contains a distillation of the truths I have learnt from practice.'
We would love to know if you have read Counselling for Toads. If you haven't, why not add it to your summer reading list?
You may be about to embark upon the Basic Counselling Course, which begins on Thursday July 23rd. Find out more here. There's still time to apply.
This is a great little book to introduce to you some basic concepts of transactional analysis TA, which you will cover in your level 3 certificate.
There is also still time to apply for the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, and the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Request application forms here.