‘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 10: What to Do if You are Not Perfect
What to Do if You are Not Perfect
The person-centred counsellor is someone who has gone a fair way down the road of understanding her own personality dynamics. While this development will have been sufficient to help the counsellor to become more self-accepting and open to others, it is unlikely that she will be an entirely conflict-free human being. However, we can hope that she is aware of residual unresolved conflicts and is able to work around them.
For years I have seen trainees give themselves such a hard time over the personality conflicts which they have uncovered during training. Often the trainee makes her task impossible by imagining that each personal conflict which surfaces must be surmounted and ...