‘This book... is not a single “meal” in itself but a positive “larder” containing every imaginable staple food and condiment all exquisitely and thoroughly researched. The book took Goff Barrett-Lennard 20 years to write and it will stand as a reference text for person-centred specialists for longer than that... an essential reference text... and a pantry full of delicious surprises’ — Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

The Beginnings of Client-Centred Therapy

The beginnings of client-centred therapy

The word ‘therapy’ has no verb in English, for which I am grateful; it cannot do anything to anybody, hence can better represent a process going on, observed perhaps, understood perhaps, assisted perhaps, but not applied. The Greek noun from which therapy is derived means ‘a servant’, the verb means ‘to wait’.

JessieTaft, 1933

In 1939, as World War II began in Europe, a book titled The Clinical Treatment of the Problem Child was published by a clearly talented but, until then, largely unknown clinical psychologist in Rochester, upper New York State. Based on over a decade of field experience working with children, parents and families in difficulty, in an era that included the Great Depression and Roosevelt's New ...

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