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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, Limits, and Person-Centred Therapies
Time, limits, and person-centred therapies

Brief, short-term or time-limited therapy inevitably raises issues of brevity, time and limits. I say ‘inevitably’ as, even if these issues remain implicit – perhaps especially if they remain implicit – practitioners’ views and assumptions about therapy, time, change, and the context in which they work, influence their work and the therapeutic encounter. So, this introductory chapter begins with two discussions: one about time, and one about limits and limitations. Each discussion draws on person-centred literature and specifically on the literatureonbrief and time-limited therapy. Following this, I summarise a recent debate on time-limited person-centred counselling; and, in the fourth part of the chapter, I draw out a number of points about the practice of person-centred brief ...

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