‘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 19: Getting the ‘Power Dynamic’ Right
Getting the ‘Power Dynamic’ Right
The issue of ‘power’ is fundamental to person-centred counselling. Indeed, the essential principle of the person-centred approach is that the counsellor does not take responsibility for the client but encourages the client to find and exercise his own power.
Although power is so central to person-centred counselling, it is also an issue that is widely misunderstood. Often power is seen solely in terms of specific counsellor behaviours so the trainee person-centred counsellor becomes scared to make suggestions, offer interpretations, confront, theorise or offer advice, seeing these as the manifestations of taking power in the relationship. Such a trainee counsellor might be amazed to see an experienced person-centred practitioner in action with a long-standing client. The trainee would ...