‘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 17: Becoming Aware of the ‘Unspoken Relationship’ between Counsellor and Client
Becoming Aware of the ‘Unspoken Relationship’ between Counsellor and Client
One of the great paradoxes of counselling is the fact that it is characterised as such an open relationship and yet most of the ways in which the two people experience each other remain unspoken (Mearns, 1991a). Books which explore the client's experience of counselling show that many of the thoughts and feelings which the client had about the work, particularly about the relationship with the counsellor, remained unspoken throughout the process (Dinnage, 1987; Mearns and Dryden, 1989).
The person-centred approach emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client and the active use of that relationship to highlight and explore aspects of the client's ...