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Counselling session imageWhen looking for resources in the library collection, start with some basic keyword searches.

Search examples:

For more detailed information on developing search strategies and finding resources, look at the Plan your Search and Find Information pages in this guide.

TIP - Counselling is sometimes spelt counseling. Some search tools will automatically find both spellings, however use truncation (e.g. counsel*) if not.

Collection spotlight - Alexander Street Press

Navigate to the Counseling and Therapy in Video database

Alexander Street Press - Counseling & Therapy in Video


  • This video database contains more than 2,500 hours of footage from actual therapy sessions, training videos and reenactments conducted by renowned counseling professionals. 
  • Provides a firsthand look at the realities of working with clients and the challenges associated with putting theoretical concepts into practice.


  • Search and browse by presenting condition, therapist, therapeutic approach and more
  • Clip-making tools, personalised playlists, and annotations; share via embed codes and links
  • Synchronised, searchable, scrolling transcripts run alongside each video



Alexander Street Press - Counseling & Psychotherapy Transcripts


  • Landmark database containing more than 2,000 transcripts of real therapy and counseling sessions and over 44,000 pages of first-person narratives illuminating the experience of mental illness and its treatment.  
  • Content includes diaries, letters, autobiographies, oral histories, and personal memoirs along with the full text of therapy and counseling sessions themselves. All accounts are non-fiction, delivered in the first person and, where possible, contemporaneous. 
  • Narratives are supported by 25,000 pages of major reference works to give context to these primary sources.  


  • Browse and search by resource type, subject, symptoms and therapies.
  • Limit searches by age of client and therapist.
  • Print, download and create permalinks of resources.