Contracts in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Second Edition is a practical guide to an essential area of professional knowledge and skills. It provides a unique and informative guide to the nature of counseling contracts, why they are needed and how they are made. For the Second Edition, the book has been thoroughly updated to take account of the BACP ethical framework. New chapters have been added covering legal aspects and making contracts with trainees.
Chapter 4: Contracting within Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
Contracting within Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
The person-centred approach to counselling and psychotherapy is an increasingly broad affiliation of approaches which share particular root assumptions. Sanders (2000, 2004) has mapped these approaches and articulated some of their similarities and differences. I write from a particular position on the map, and hope that what I write is sufficiently grounded in its principles to be recognisably person-centred, and sufficiently inclusive to be relevant beyond my own narrow position.
Although person-centred therapists do not focus on contracts in the way that some therapists do, we can nevertheless examine the way we make them for what it tells us about our attitudes to our work. For the purposes of this chapter I want to look ...