‘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 7: The Course of Therapy
The Course of Therapy
Whether by chance, by insightful understanding, by scientific knowledge, by artistry in human relationships, or by a combination of all of these elements, we have learned how to initiate a describable process which appears to have a core of sequential, orderly events … similar from one client to another.
The therapy conditions model, now entering a fifth decade of influence, is concerned with the agency of change not with its unfolding course. The model's elegant economy and focus on qualities of therapist response considered of primary importance in the helping interview generally, that is, at any stage in therapy, has had one unfortunate side-effect which this chapter seeks to redress. The model has tended to divert attention from a ...