‘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

Development of Therapists and Facilitators

Development of therapists and facilitators

I cannot exaggerate the excitement of our learnings as we clustered about the machine which enabled us to listen to ourselves, playing over and over some puzzling point at which the interview clearly went wrong, or those moments in which the client moved significantly forward. … We discovered that we could pinpoint the therapist response which caused … significant expression to become superficial and unprofitable … [or] which turned a client's dull and desultory talk into a focused self-exploration.

But this tendency to focus on the therapist's responses had consequences which appalled me. … The whole approach came, in a few years, to be known as a technique … ‘the technique of reflecting the client's feelings’. … I ...

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