‘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 15: Getting beyond ‘Transference’
Getting beyond ‘Transference’
Different therapeutic approaches have different emphases. For example, the understanding of ‘empathy’ within most psychodynamic work is fairly superficial compared with its meaning in person-centred work. In person-centred counselling empathy is a core concept involving a considerable depth of relationship and emotional engagement with the client. In empathy the counsellor is actually tuning into the client's experiencing process and gaining a sense of how it feels to be him. However, the notion of ‘empathy’ is much less central in most psychodynamic work and the concept itself is more superficial. Ute Binder (1998) uses the term ‘cognitive social perspective taking’ to denote this more superficial understanding of empathy as a process of imagining the view of the client.
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