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Can the person-centred approach work in time-limited counselling and psychotherapy? This is a question that many practitioners grapple with as demand for brief therapy increases - particularly in the public sector. Brief Person-Centred Therapies is the first book to tackle the subject, bringing together the experience and insights of a leading international team of person-centred specialists. The book examines the "theoretical fit" between the person-centred approach and brief therapy. It also explores the issues which arise when working briefly in a range of different settings, including primary care, higher education and business. Brief Person-Centred Therapies is essential reading for all person-centered trainees and for practitioners who want to work in services where brief work is called for.


‘Time’, they say, ‘is a great healer’. This is usually taken to mean that, given time, we get over things, such as trauma, loss or bereavement, and, in effect, heal ourselves. This also implies that we need to give things time: that we heal in our own, appropriate or kairos time, and not necessarily at or within a particular chronological or chronos time. At the same time, many of us, especially in Western cultures, live in a context which is time-conscious and even oppressive, as a result of which we can often feel driven by chronological time to meet deadlines and outcomes, usually set by external forces: other people, organisations, and authorities. In the therapeutic sphere, speed and solution reflect the zeitgeist, and these ...

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