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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.

Working Sensitively with Time: Person-Centred Therapy in a University Counselling Service1
Working sensitively with time: Person-centred therapy in a university counselling service

This chapter examines the relationship between the person-centred approach and time-sensitive or time-limited therapy in the context of a university counselling service. First, I introduce myself and the setting in which I work as a person-centred counsellor; next I look at the role of brief therapy in this particular counselling setting. Following this, I illustrate my work with two client vignettes; and finally I examine some of the arguments for and against brief therapy from a person-centred perspective. In this chapter, I approach the subject of brief therapy openly and critically, examining its potential strengths and limitations. As time-limited work has increasingly become the ...

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