‘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 18: Tapping the ‘Unspoken Relationship’ between Counsellor and Client
Tapping the ‘Unspoken Relationship’ between Counsellor and Client
When the counsellor seeks to explore the unspoken relationship between herself and her client she is breaking the conventions of communication. As described in Section 17, many of the ways in which two people experience each other in a relationship remain unspoken in order to preserve the consistency and stability of the relationship. When the counsellor invites the client to open the door to those unspoken parts the client may feel some discomfort and could even deny access. Of course, it is not only the client who may feel that discomfort: perhaps one of the reasons why even person-centred counsellors only rarely explore the unspoken relationship relates to the discomfort which ...