‘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 6: The Helping Interview
The Helping Interview
Any [therapy] technique concerned with the other without the self, with behaviour to the exclusion of experience, with the relationship to the exclusion of the persons in relation, with the individuals to the exclusion of their relationship, and most of all, with an object-to-be-changed rather than a person-to-be-accepted, simply perpetuates the disease it purports to cure.
This chapter and the next are devoted to the original focus and practice core of the client/person-centred system: the process of one-to-one therapy. In view of the over half-century life span of client-centred therapy, and the many significant contributors to its evolution and practice forms, it is no mean challenge to characterize succinctly the principles in action. Classic sources such as Client-Centered Therapy (Rogers, 1951) ...