‘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 8: The Helping Process with Children and Families
The Helping Process with Children and Families
In his difficulty the patient comes, or in the case of a child, is brought, to the therapist with whom he has no previous relationship. But the fact of coming to a therapist, with all the feelings crystallized by that act, brings this new person into his life in a way unlike that of any other human relationship.
In this chapter, close but stressed relationships are in view, and the helping process is not only individual but also a therapy of relationships. This emphasis becomes explicit in couple and family therapy, is apparent in ‘filial therapy’, and is an implied feature in play therapy with children. Historically, child therapy using a play medium ...