‘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
Chapter 12: The Search for Order and Effects
The Search for Order and Effects
Basically the reason for the predictability of the [client-centred] therapeutic process lies in the discovery – and I use that word intentionally – that within the client reside constructive forces whose strength and uniformity have been either entirely unrecognized or grossly underestimated. It is the clearcut and disciplined reliance by the therapist upon those forces within the client, which seems to account for the orderliness of the therapeutic process, and its consistency from one client to the next.
I am tempted to say of what follows in this book, ‘It isn't a good research in psychotherapy; it's just the best that there is.’
Empirical research on the process of psychotherapy ...