‘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.

Brief Companionship

Brief companionship

Person-centred counsellors have tended to recoil in horror from the notion of brief counselling. Such a concept with its built-in assumption of a fixed number of sessions can seem to strike at the very heart of the client's right to self determination. The suspicion is that it puts all the power in the hands of the counsellor or allows an impersonal system to decree when counselling shall end irrespective of the actual wishes or needs of the client. What is more it makes apparent nonsense of the belief in a therapeutic process which develops at its own pace and in accordance with the client's readiness to take the risks which real growth must inevitably involve.

I must confess that these objections featured largely ...

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