‘This is a useful book for those who use person-centred counselling in their practice, or who are training to become person-centred counsellors’ - Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Developing Person-Centred Counselling
Second Edition is designed to help counsellors improve their skills within the person-centred approach. Written by Dave Mearns, leading person-centred expert and bestselling author, the Second Edition has been fully revised and updated taking account of developments in person-centred practice.
With new chapters on growth and transference, the book covers the subjects which are central to person-centred training:
the core conditions; therapeutic alliance; development of the counsellor; therapeutic process; the person-centred approach in relation to psychopathology.
Supported by case material and examples from practice, each part of the book presents the counsellor with practical, and often challenging ideas, which encourage him/her to think carefully about his/her practice and how to improve it.
Developing Person-Centred Counselling, Second Edition is a highly practical and inspiring resource for trainees and practitioners alike.
Chapter 1: Don't Confuse Unconditional Positive Regard with ‘Liking’
Don't Confuse Unconditional Positive Regard with ‘Liking’
The most frequent question posed by new students of person-centred counselling is ‘How can I possibly like all my clients?’
Typically, trainers field this question by pointing to how the training process helps to establish a more open, less self-protective disposition in the counsellor, who then has less need to respond judgementally to clients. As the expressions of the new trainees begin to glaze over with incomprehension the trainer may deepen her explanation by embarking on a description of the gradual development of self-acceptance which accompanies an effective training process and the impact which that change has on the counsellor's openness to accept others. By the time this lecture is finished the wilting ...