‘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.

Be ‘Beside’ the Client but Not ‘on the Side of’ the Client

Be ‘Beside’ the Client but Not ‘on the Side of’ the Client

Be ‘beside’ the client but not ‘on the side of’ the client

Box 14.1: Letter from a Client's Wife


I wanted you to know that you have destroyed a family. When Jim [her husband] first went to see you I was delighted. I had been pushing him to do that for years. But all that happened was that he became alienated from me and has now deserted all of us. Not once did you consult me and even when I telephoned you to ask for a meeting you let Jim know about it and you refused.

I have long been a supporter of counselling but I thought that a counsellor would be more caring for a ...

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